Assistant Basketball Coach Yanni Hufnagel’s Recruits Like A Pro
Mention the name Yanni Hufnagel to any of the people that have played for him or coached with him and you will hear the words, “high energy”, “motivated” “hard worker” “great recruiter” and “driven”
Coach Yanni Hufnagel’s love for basketball started at a young age in Scarsdale, NY. As a child he became obsessed and consumed with the game, reading books, articles and news stories on hoops at every opportunity he came across.
His career started young and moved fast. Attending Cornell University he became the basketball team manager his freshman year as well as serving a summer internship for the New Jersey Nets before moving out to Oklahoma after accepting a grad assistant position with the Sooners under head coach Jeff Capel.
After fulfilling his grad assistant duties, coach Capel recommended him to Harvard and in 2009 he accepted an unpaid internship for the Crimson program under coach Tommy Amaker. While at Harvard he was credited with the development of NBA stars Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. Harvard had an impressive record of 90-30 over Yanni Hufnagel’s 4 year stay in Cambridge.
On day one he began his efforts into recruiting and has built quite the reputation for being a fantastic recruiter that is respected and admired by young players across the country.
After leaving Harvard, Hufnagel has went on to coach as an assistant at Vanderbilt, Cal Berkeley and most recently at the University of Nevada Reno under coach Eric Musselman.
In addition to building a great reputation for recruiting in July of 2013 Yanni Hufnagel was named head coach and lead the Team USA Youth Team to a gold medal at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Coach Hufnagel has built a strong reputation fast and many of his peers feel his time to become a head coach is coming soon.
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