Ever since he was a kid, Yanni Hufnagel dreamed of becoming a basketball coach. His path was not easy. The first job he landed was at his local town’s public television station calling games. Then, after transferring from Penn. State, Hufnagel became a basketball manager at Cornell University.
Things only picked up from there as he got a summer internship for the New Jersey Nets. Using the connections from the internship, Yanni Hufnagel got the position of graduate assistant at Oklahoma. After some time with the Sooners, he was then hired as a volunteer assistant coach at Harvard.
At Harvard, he began recruiting players. With both a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree behind him, Hufnagel was able to shine using his great sales tacticsd as well as his intelligence. Because of this, he got a better job offer at Vanderbilt as the assistant coach.
With that opportunity, he acquired both Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davis for Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings. Those two pickups helped Vanderbilt achieve the 29th ranked recruiting class. After only a year, he left the program.
In 2014, Yanni Hufnagel then joined Cuonzo Martin at University of California, Berkley. Once there, he snagged two of the biggest prospects in the nation in Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, both of whom are now on NBA playoff teams.
After some allegations at Cal, Yanni Hufnagel resigned from the position and joined the University of Nevada basketball program. In his first and only season with them, they appeared in the NCAA tournament for only the 7th time in the school’s history.
Clearly, wherever Yanni Hufnagel goes success follows.