Some would say that you manifest your future. By focusing on the very things that you love, those things will begin appearing in your life. Well, Yanni Hufnagel only thought about basketball growing up.
Growing up in Scarsdale, New York, Yanni Hufnagel could be found playing with basketball figurines as a child. He would literally sit there playing out basketball strategies on the cushions of his couch as if they were a basketball court.
Then there was a little hiccup. Yanni Hufnagel was cut from his high school varsity basketball team. He could no longer play the game but he loves. But the setback did not stop him from staying close to the game.
He gave up playing college lacrosse to continue to pursue basketball. Picking up an unpaid internship with the New Jersey Nets, he set his sights on basketball fame. He would become a basketball coach at the college level in order to manifest his destiny with his passion.
After graduating from Cornell University, he became a graduate assistant at Oklahoma. NCAA regulations allowed him to assist with basketball practices and he was put in charge of on-campus recruiting visits. It was not long before Harvard University recognized his recruiting skills and brought him aboard as an assistant coach.
Yanni Hufnagel really made a name for himself at Harvard. The Ivy League school is not known for its sports because it does not grant athletic scholarships. Academic standards are not lowered for athletes. Despite these difficulties, Yanni Hufnagel was able to assemble the first-ever Ivy League championship team and Harvard history.
After four years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he moved to Nashville in order to assist Villanova’s basketball program. After one year he moved on to the University of California, Berkeley. He is now the assistant coach at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he continues to do stellar work.
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