Yanni Hufnagel is a top American coach and recruiter currently serving as the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Nevada. He has held this position since April 2016. The Jewish boy, as he is commonly referred to grew up in Scarsdale, New York. He enjoyed basketball since his high school days in Scarsdale High school. He later attended Cornell University where he studied a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labour relations before joining the University of Oklahoma. At Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel earned a master’s degree in adult and higher education specializing in intercollegiate athletics administration.
After College, Yanni Hufnagel chose a less travelled career path but which looked bright and promising. The 30-year-old has outstanding recruiting ability. In a 2011 CBS report survey comprising of more than 100 coaches, he was voted the assistant coach from mid-major school. Yanni Hufnagel passion began when he was a kid, he read coaching books over and over and was quite ahead of his age mates regarding analyzing basketball.
Before joining the University of Nevada, he did an internship at New Jersey Nets and served as an assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma where he is credited with greatly developing Oklahoma’s star, Blake Griffin. In 2009, Capel, the then Coach at Oklahoma recommended Yanni to Harvard’s coach, Tommy Amaker. He served as a volunteer assistant coach under Tommy Amaker and later got the job. Capel describes Yanni Hufnagel as a great salesman and a man who was not afraid to fail. These two qualities, Capel says makes Yanni one of the best recruiters. At Harvard, Yanni is not only concerned in recruiting blue chip players but is interested in great scholars who have the will to become stars and who would have never considered a four-year course through Cambridge.
Yanni Hufnagel’s career is at the peak, and he has many options to choose from such as serving as a head coach. He has acquired all the expertise it entails, and his age is just right.
Well, his future is bright due to his outstanding recruiting skills as Josh Pastner, as another top coach puts it.