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Yanni Hufnagel Surpassed His Childhood Dreams

Thirty-four year old American college basketball coach Yanni Hufnagel, who has built a highly respected name in the basketball world, set his sights on coaching the game at an early age.

As a young Jewish man, Yanni Hufnagel pursued his dream of coaching by studying and examining every book on coaching that he could find. He launched his career by calling team games on a local access cable television channel in his hometown of Scarsdale, New York.

While a student at Cornell University Yanni Hufnagel went on to become a basketball manager followed by a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets.

After graduation one of his Nets colleagues recommended Yanni Hufnagel for the position of graduate assistant coach for the Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team where he helped out for two years with individual workouts as well as practices.

In 2009, he was hired as a volunteer assistant coach at Harvard where worked for four seasons. During his time at Harvard the Crimson team reached its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012 and posted at least 20 wins every season.

In its College Basketball Preview, CBS Sports acknowledged Harvard’s Recruiting Coordinator Hufnagel as one of the most energetic and persistent recruiters in the game.

His coaching expertise also includes Assistant Coach with the Vanderbilt Commodores and Assistant Coach for the California Golden Bears. At California he helped the Golden Bears bring in a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

In 2016 Hufnagel joined the University of Nevada Wolf Pack men’s coaching staff as an Assistant Coach working with Eric Musselman.

Hufnagel graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and went on to receive a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma.