Yanni Hufnagel, Basketball Is Life

Only in his 30’s, Yanni Hufnagel has put together an amazing resume. He has been Graduate assistant for Oklahoma and assistant coach for Cornell, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Cal, and currently at Nevada. Originally from Scarsdale, New York, Yanni Hufnagel worked his way from a public television announcer to assistant basketball coach after studying basketball and coaching since he was a young kid. Recruiting is one of his biggest strengths, as Yanni Hufnagel is excellent at finding and signing great basketball talent.

Yanni Hufnagel grew up in New York state and read every basketball coaching book available as a kid. Furthermore, when he was young he would use figurines to simulate basketball plays. To put it bluntly Yanni has lived, loved, and been involved in basketball his whole life. His first big break was when he took an internship with the New Jersey Nets. That very position opened peoples eyes to his excellent talent as a basketball coach and recruiter. His contacts at this internship got him in touch with people at Oklahoma and Yanni Hufnagels career would never be the same.

While in high school Yanni Hufnagel played lacrosse, were his brother Alec was the team captain. His junior year of high school Yanni was cut from the basketball team and decided to take a position commentating the teams games on a local broadcast station. College gave him the contacts he needed later on in order to become a coach. He is regarded as one of the best recruiters in college basketball and is also credited for helping Blake Griffin along while he coached at Oklahoma. His stint at the University of Nevada was just his recent job in what will surely be an amazing coaching career.