Yanni Hufnagel is a young Jewish basketball enthusiast born and raised in New York. Yanni loves sharing information and hopes to provide quality information as well as create new connections to grow his personal life and basketball career. As a kid, Yanni enjoyed reading coaching books to expand his knowledge of basketball.
At Cornell University, Yanni managed to serve as a basketball manager in his first year in school. He also worked with New Jersey Nets where he gained a lot of experience. Upon graduation, he was privileged to work with Capel Jeff who happened to be his former boss. Since Jeff was looking forward to recruiting a graduate assistant coach, Yanni conducted an interview where he luckily got the job. Capel was impressed by Hufnagel’s performance, so he recommended him to Harvard in 2009. The head coach at Harvard University hired him. When Yanni started working with the team, he immediately started searching for talent and recruiting the best players he could find. Hufnagel is an iconic personality in the basketball world due to his outstanding recruiting abilities.
In 2006, Hufnagel graduated from Cornell with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He also received a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma where he studied Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Yanni was lucky enough to coach prestigious schools such as Cornell University, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Alma Mater.
Yanni’s parents are Joni and Thierry who are both Jews. Hufnagel had an interesting childhood playing alongside his brother for Scarsdale High School. However, Yanni was promoted to become the team’s captain. Additionally, Hufnagel also served as a basketball commentator for a television channel.
Hufnagel joined Harvard Crimson Men’s basketball in 2009 as its recruiter and coach. At Harvard, Yanni worked under Amaker Tommy. His peers were quick to notice his recruiting abilities, so they said that he was likely to become successful in Basketball coaching due to his astonishing recruiting ability. Yanni is also the person behind the development of phenomenal players such as Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin.