Coaching a college basketball team requires skill, dedication, and patience. For an assistant coach like Yanni Hufnagel, these attributes are the reason for his prosperous professional coaching career. Hufnagel has been instrumental in leading Harvard University’s basketball team, Crimson, through several accomplishments.
Hufnagel’s success story began when he was a student at Cornell University. He had tried playing basketball in high school but did not make it to the team. He first served as the basketball manager for the University for one season. Yanni Hufnagel managed to secure an internship with the New Jersey Nets during summer and fall. As an intern, he was involved with laundry pickup activities for the NBA team.
After graduating from Cornell University, Hufnagel was fortunate enough to meet Ryan Krueger, who worked with him during his internship. Krueger introduced Hufnagel to Oklahoma Basketball Team’s head coach, Jeff Capel. Capel interviewed Hufnagel and employed him as a graduate assistant. Capel also spoke with Tommy Amaker, Harvard’s head basketball coach, about Yanni Hufnagel’s coaching skills.
Yanni Hufnagel started working at Harvard as a volunteer assistant coach. The institution officially employed him for his exceptional coaching skills. As a Jewish-American assistant coach, Hufnagel led the Crimson team to win the Ivy League basketball competitions. This triumph earned him national recognition as one of the young and talented coaches.
About Yanni Hufnagel
After his successful coaching career at Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel currently serves as the assistant basketball coach of Nevada Wolf Pack men’s team. His previous assistant coaching duties were beneficial to Vanderbilt Commodores and California Golden Bears.
Yanni Hufnagel is regarded as one of the best recruiters in college basketball. He did a course in industrial and labor relations at the Cornell University. He also acquired a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education with an Emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration from Oklahoma University.