Hufnagel: The Youthful Basketball Coach Sensation

Yanni Hufnagel is a Jew from Scarsdale. While in high school, he was dropped from the basketball team. Hufnagel graduated from Cornell and now lives in Boston where he ekes a living working as Harvard’s assistant basketball coach

Hufnagel’s Achievements

Under Yanni Hufnagel’s management, Harvard managed to win the Ivy League and also produced a phenomenal player, Jeremy Lin. In a sports survey by CBS in 2011, Hufnagel was selected as the assistant coach who is destined to be a huge success because of his excellent recruiting skills. Hufnagel has confessed how as a kid, he enjoyed reading coaching books and playing with figurines of basketball players.

Cornell’s freshmore year at Cornell was spent as a manager of a basketball team. He managed to work as an intern for the “New Jersey Nets”. He was mainly involved with laundry pickup but he got a break soon after graduation when he was appointed as assistant to the basketball coach of the Oklahoma team, Jeff Capel. He spent two years here before moving to Harvard where he served as a volunteer. Yanni Hufnagel is soon going to get the job he has been dreaming of. He has gained a wealth of knowledge working under Amaker, the current head coach for Harvard. Considering his 79-24 record during the four seasons he has been in the team, he is definitely on his way to become head coach.

Hufnagel’s Work Profile

Hufnagel moved to the Harvard Crimson basketball program in 2009 where he worked as the assistant coach. He is mostly appreciated for his efforts in developing Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin. In 2013, he moved to Vanderbilt Commodores where he became assistant coach. He left the program one year later to join the California Golden Bears. As one of the coaching staff for the team, Yanni Hufnagel is recognized for his role in persuading Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown to move into the team. The dual helped the Golden Bears in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. He resigned from the Golden Bears and in April 2016, he accepted a position as assistant coach, with Eric Musselman, for the “University of Nevada” Wolf Pack.


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