Yanni Hufnagel Develops Reputation as Recruiter and Coach

One of the hardest careers to break into is coaching, particularly when it comes to coaching a popular sport at the college level. It is even harder when you have a limited amount of playing experience. While it can be hard to break into the field, one individual has continued to find impressive jobs despite never having played the sport after junior high school.


Yanni Hufnagel is one of the most popular college basketball coaches in the NCAA today. Yanni Hufnagel is currently an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, but now has over 10 years of continued experience and growth in the field. Yanni Hufnagel started his career by interning with the New Jersey Nets while he was finishing his degree at Cornell University. While doing the internship, he quickly realized that he wanted to pursue a career in basketball.


After finishing his degree, Yanni Hufnagel moved on to the University of Oklahoma where he was a graduate assistant. After spending a few years in Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel received a job at Harvard University where he was an assistant on the basketball team. While at Harvard, Hufnagel developed the reputation as being one of the top recruiters in the country. Even though the school is not a powerful basketball program, Hufnagel was able to recruit a number of top recruits in his time there. These players helped the school win a few conference basketball tournaments and advance into the NCAA Tournament.


After spending a few years at Harvard, Hufnagel was able to move on to Vanderbilt University and then University of Nevada. In this time, he has continued to build on his reputation as being a top recruiter of young talent. Due to this skill set, he has helped to make Nevada one of the top mid-major programs in the country.