Yanni Hufnagel is considered to be the most proactive 31-year old assistant coach in the country. His dedication and devotion to the game have helped him make it large in life in such a short span of time. His in-depth understanding of the mechanisms that work outside of the basketball court has left the experts in awe.
He is a passionate recruiter and proved his worth by making some of the boldest and smartest recruits throughout his career. Recently the analyst of CBS college basketball team, Jon Rothstein said that he never stops working and is always striving to make the most out of his work irrespective of the division he is working for.
Yanni Hufnagel was a big fan of the sports since his childhood, and he admitted to having been engaged in analyzing and running his dream lineups way before he joined college. Now, he does that in reality and to date have been very successful at it. People noticed about his potential as an analyst as well as a recruiter when he used to make live broadcasts in a local radio station at the age of 16. People who heard him knew that is was special for a 16-year old kid to understand the game so brilliantly.
Yanni Hufnagel’s stint as a student manager at Cornell was short-lived as he did not get much exposure to the field he desired. Yanni was 23-years old when he moved to Oklahoma to kickstart his career and there was no looking back. His two seasons as a graduate assistant under the supervision of Jeff Capel along with the NBA superstar Blake Griffin helped Yanni polish his skills for the big teams that he eyed right from the start.
His move to Harvard was the real deal. This is where he gained real experience as an assistant coach and recruiter during his 4 seasons under Tommy Amaker. His next stop was Vanderbilt which lasted for just one season before he pounced at the opportunity to move to coach and recruit from the University of California, Berkeley.