Yanni Hufnagel wanted to be a coach from Day 1. Yanni Hufnagel worked his way through his local sports scene, starting out calling games for local teams on the public television channel . Others could tell that Yanni Hufnagel was meant to be in the business of sports, a coworker even said that he (Hufnagel) would one day be a sports broadcaster or a coach. While attending Cornell University, he was offered a basketball internship for the New Jersey Nets. After graduation one of his Nets coworkers got him in touch with Jeff Capel, Yanni Hufnagel’s old boss. While Capel was on his search for a graduate assistant coach, he found Yanni Hufnagel to be the best candidate. Capel recommended that Hufnagel become a head coach at Harvard. Yanni Hufnagel was hired as a volunteer assistant coach and started hitting the road and recruiting players. As of now, Yanni Hufnagel will have the option of becoming an assistant coach at a more traditional college, with a lot of basketball resources or as a head coach. Yanni Hufnagel has earned a great reputation in the basketball world. Hufnagel graduated from Cornell in 2006 with a Bachelor in of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations. He earned a masters in Adult Higher Education with an emphasis on Intercollegiate Athletics Administration from Oklahoma. Hufnagel has been an assistant coached at many prestigious college and universities. Among them are, are his Alma Mater, Cornell, Graduate Assistant for Oklahoma, an assistant coach at Harvard, and at present the University of Nevada.
Yanni Hufnagel is regarded as one of the top recruiters in college basketball. Yanni Hufnagel is credited with persuading two players, Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, to join the California Golden Bears, which was a major reason that the team gained a NCAA playoff berth.