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A Review Of Yanni Hufnagel’s Career In Basketball Coaching

By taking a look at his impressive career, one cannot imagine what Yanni Hufnagel has been able to achieve at just 30. The Jewish boy from Scarsdale, New York, worked as a basketball manager at Cornell University during his first year. Later, he secured an internship with the New Jersey Nets before joining Oklahoma University as an assistant coach under the leadership of Jeff Capel. In 2006, Yanni graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. In 2009, Capel recommended Yanni to Harvard University’s head coach, who was at the time searching for a volunteer assistant coach. This was a clear indication of Capel’s satisfaction with Yanni’s exceptional work. Yanni Hufnagel earned his master’s degree in adult higher education with a focus on intercollegiate athletic administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Yanni’s Career Highlights

Earlier in life, Yanni Hufnagel failed to make the cut to Scarsdale School’s varsity basketball junior team. To this end, he worked as a sports commentator for a local TV station for the team’s tournaments. Later, he joined Pennsylvania State University where he stayed for a year playing lacrosse before joining Cornell University. While rendering his services at Harvard University, the men’s basketball team achieved unprecedented success, including upsetting New Mexico in the NCAA Division in 2013. He is also credited for mentoring Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin. In 2012, Yanni was named in the “dream team” of assistant coaches of CBS Sports college basketball.

The young basketball professional was asked to coach the USA Youth Team during the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel. He declined. Yanni Hufnagel accepted a coaching assistant job at Vanderbilt Commodores. He helped the institution to rank position 29 in the 2014 recruiting class by ESPN. In the following year, Hufnagel joined the University of California, Berkeley, to help coach the Golden Bears prior to the 2016 NCAA Tournament berth. His most recent role as an assistant coach was at the University of Nevada where he recruited Wolf Pack men’s basketball team together with Eric Musselman.

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