There is little doubt that Yanni Hufnagel is among the top rising stars in basketball coaching.His career is backed up by experience with some of the highest performing institutions and even an impressive academic achievement.
Yanni Hufnagel graduated from Cornell University with a BSc. In Industrial and Labor relations and later did his Masters in Adult Higher Education at Oklahoma, with a bias in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. This academic portfolio places him at a good position for basketball administration.
Although he has had an interest in basketball since childhood, his career kicked off in broadcasting as sports announcer with a local TV station.Hufnagel acknowledges having read almost any book on coaching that he came across as a child.
Early in his career, his talent displayed quite prominently almost everywhere he went, helping him to scale up the ladder with ease.In his first year at Cornell University, Hufnagel was basketball manager. During summer he interned with the New Jersey Nets and landed a coaching job with an affiliate of the NJ, Nets upon graduation.
One of the people who influenced Hufnagel in his career is coach Jeff Capel, with whom he worked at Oklahoma. Capel was looking for a graduate assistant coach and Hufnagel easily fit the requirements. Capel could later recommend Yanni Hufnagel to the coach at Harvard. While at Harvard, Hufnagel was key in the recruitment of new players for Harvard and continues to use his talent-hunting skills in recruiting players, a job at which he is very good.
It is remarkable that Yanni Hufnagel has what it takes to succeed as a coach. When he resigned from Cal, several opportunities came calling but he ultimately chose to work at Nevada. So far, he has performed well especially with the recruitment of new players for the team.
Yanni Hufnagel’s childhood interests have paid off and he is no doubt geared for a successful coaching career.