Yanni Hufnagel, a prominent College Basketball coach, has an intense passion towards the game from his childhood, and that led him to build a highly-successful basketball coaching career. At the age of 30, he is one of the youngest coaches in College Basketball, and since childhood, he was reading many basketball coaching books multiple times to learn the analysis and strategies thoroughly. During his school days, Yanni Hufnagel worked as a game announcer in public television stations for local teams, and his accurate analysis was appreciated by everyone. In his initial year at Cornell University, Hufnagel assumed the role of a basketball manager and got a chance to do a summer internship with the NBA team, New Jersey Nets.
After graduation, Yanni Hufnagel started working for Oklahoma under his former boss Jeff Capel as a graduate assistant coach. In 2009, Capel recommended him to Harvard and Hufnagel joined there as a volunteer assistant coach, where he played a significant role in recruiting and developing some of the best talents including NBA bigwigs like Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. He helped to create a new sports culture in the academic-oriented Harvard campuses, and the college grabbed greater successes in the basketball courts during his period. Yanni Hufnagel also collaborated with Vanderbilt Commodore, California Golden Bears, and the University of Nevada during his coaching career. He is credited as a great recruiter by picking up promising basketball players and ready to negotiate with talents to bring them to the respective teams.
Yanni Hufnagel has more than a decade of experience in College Basketball coaching career and even brings an NBA level experience. He completed his Bachelor of Science in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. Later, Hufnagel secured his Master of Education in intercollegiate athletics administration from the University of Oklahoma, while he was working there as a graduate assistant coach.