Yanni Hufnagel is the assistant basketball coach at the University of Nevada. Yanni was born in Scarsdale and had a similar high school basketball story as Micheal Jordan; getting cut from his varsity team. This did not stop him from pursuing his basketball lifestyle. While coaching or more importantly recruiting for Harvard, the Crimson’s success has been incredible. Harvard won the Ivy League in 2010 and produced some point guard now in the NBA. A player that goes by the name Jeremy Lin! Remember Linsanity? Lin was looked over by countless colleges, but was picked up by one man… Yanni Hufnagel.
Yanni Hufnagel started out in an internship with the then-New Jersey Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets) where his main duty included picking up laundry. According to youngupstarts.com, Yanni Hufnagel’s big break came when Ryan Krueger, the then assistant coach at Lehigh, got into contact with his old boss, Jeff Capel, who was the coach at Oklahoma who was looking for a graduate assistant. Around this time eventual number one pick, Blake Griffin, was in the midst of his Oklahoma basketball career. Yanni Hufnagel got praise from his players saying how much of a hard worker he is, and how genuinely nice he was.
According to sportsgossip.com, Yanni Hufnagel moved again in 2009 but this time he became the volunteer assistant coach at Harvard. Hufnagel remembers being so nervous at the interview he said he was sweating through his suit. As we all know, he got the job, and as soon as he did, he started recruiting as soon as he could.
Capel, the now assistant coach at Duke University said there are some things that Hufnagel does that really help him stand out: he can accept rejection, and he is a great salesman. Yanni Hufnagel is one of the most liked in the game.
Yanni Hufnagel has many accomplishments in his coaching career. Like stated before, Yanni helped develop Jeremy Lin. Lin is still in the NBA to this day and looks like he has another five years in him. Yanni was also appointed to coach the Team USA Youth Team at the 19th Maccabiah Games, but ultimately turned it down. Hufnagel joined the California Golden Bears in 2014 and is credited for bringing now Celtic starter Jaylen Brown, and Grizzlies backup center Ivan Rabb to the Golden Bears. The pair went on to lead the Golden Bears to a 2016 NCAA Tournament berth. Yanni Hufnagel is now an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, helping those young basketball players reach their goals, and to someday become an NBA player. To know more about Yanni visit wikivisually.com