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Yanni Hufnagel has been practicing coaching since he was a kid. When growing up in Scarsdale, New York, he read every book on coaching he could find and used basketball figurines as his “team”, executing strategies from the coaching books to try to win the game.


Hufnagel worked as a public broadcaster in his town, commenting on local teams before going to Cornell University and becoming a basketball manager in his first year. He interned with the New Jersey Nets and through one of his colleagues got an opportunity to become a graduate assistant coach for coach Jeff Capel in Oklahoma after he graduated from Cornell University.


In 2009, Hufnagel went on to be a volunteer assistant coach at Harvard. While working there, he went on the road and started recruiting players as soon as he possibly could. Hufnagel has a salesman personality that helps him get promising players to join his team. He is not afraid of saying no and has a lot of success as a recruiter.


Now, Hufnagel has an excellent reputation in the coaching world. He has coached or been an assistant coach for Cornell, Harvard, Oklahoma, and Vanderbilt. Currently he is coaching in Nevada for the Nevada Wolf Pack with Coach Eric Musselman. He is also a masterful recruiter for his basketball teams, getting promising basketball players to join even if they are reluctant at first.


In 2006, Yanni Hufnagel graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. In 2010, he earned his Master’s in Adult Higher Education with an emphasis on Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from Oklahoma.


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