Yanni Hufnagel is a successful basketball coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack. Read more about how he worked hard to land the job he has today.
Hufnagel is a Jewish boy who was born and raised in New York. As a young boy, he read through every coaching book and manual he could find. He would showcase his basketball knowledge by setting up real basketball plays using some figurines.
During his teenage years, he commentated over basketball games for a local television station. Hufnagel’s broadcasting partners saw his commitment to basketball and knew that he would be some kind of coach one day.
As a freshman at Cornell University, he took on the responsibility of a basketball manager. Hufnagel was later contacted by the New Jersey Nets, who offered him an internship with the basketball team.
Once he graduated, a couple of Nets staff got him in touch with the head coach at Oklahoma. Hufnagel was hired for an assistant coaching job almost immediately after flying in.
In 2009, Hufnagel transferred over to Harvard University where he worked as an unpaid intern. After he had got the job with Harvard, he went out on his own to recruit basketball players. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell in 2006 and then graduated with a Master’s Degree in Adult Higher Education four years later.
Hufnagel has worked as an assistant coach or regular coach every since he was a freshman in college. He has grown to be one of the most popular basketball recruiters in the United States and is referred to as a great salesman. Hufnagel has worked as the assistant coach for the California Golden Bears, Vanderbilt Commodores, and Harvard Crimson. He also played lacrosse for one year in college at Pennsylvania State University.