The world of collegiate sports is notoriously filled with drama, passion, and hyperbole. Every single tournament game is ‘the best ever’ and every single roster decision, be it recruitment or transfer, is lauded or hated on by the pundits at home. At the center of all of this chaos we can see the coaches and people that make all of these games a reality — not just the players. today we are going to look at Yanni Hufnagel and his rise up the ladder of coaching in collegiate basketball. Yanni Hufnagel isn’t a household name at this point but he is certainly trending in that direction.
Yanni Hufnagel was born and raised in New York City, NY. Yanni Hufnagel knew early on in life that he had a passion for basketball that would keep him pushing and pushing, trying to make his way to the big leagues. Hufnagel would often sit at home and sketch out basketball plays as a kid using his own action figures and toys. Eventually this passion helped to move him into the field of athletics. He would play lacrosse for several years at Scarsdale High School before moving on to become a commentator on the local broadcast television station. From here Yanni would head to Pennsylvania State University before transitioning to Cornell. This is where Huffnagel’s career really blossomed.
Yanni was brought on to the New Jersey Nets as part of a summer internship before heading to the University of Oklahoma. Here Hufnagel played an integral part of the development of NBA superstar Blake Griffin. Hufnagel would score his Master’s Degree before heading out to Harvard to work as an assistant coach as well as a recruiter for the Harvard Crimson basketball team. Most recently Yanni Hufnagel was picked up by the Nevada State Wolf Pack for a coaching job.