Yanni Hufnagel, University of Nevada’s newest basketball coach, has always had a driving determination for what he loved. He repeatedly read any coaching book he could find and used basketball figurines to practice the plays he learned. His personal studies branched from figurines to being his town’s game caller on the local public television station. Yanni Hufnagel was a manager for the basketball team at his school, Cornell University, which opened the door for him to intern as a coach with the New Jersey Jets.
His career lifted off the ground when colleagues set up an opportunity for him to meet with former boss, Jeff Capel, in regards to coaching in Oklahoma. Coach Capel not only gave him the position but also referred him to Harvard’s head coach in 2009. Hufnagel immediately began recruiting players when he was taken on as the volunteer assistant coach. His job opportunities are numerous in positions for him to choose from that are not only supported by his well-known reputation at multiple prestigious schools but also by his impressive educational background.
Yanni Hufnagel earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell and a Master’s Degree in Adult higher education, specifically emphasizing Athletic Administration, at Oklahoma. His achievements are no less than notable. The following are just a few highlights of what Yanni Hufnagel has accomplished in his career:
-Ushered a top 5 recruiting class in California featuring Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb
-Assisted the Golden Bears in posting a 23-11 record that earned a No. 4 position in the records of the NCAA Tournament
-Helped a freshman class secure a nationally-ranked title as the Commodores’ recruiting coordinator
-Participated front office preparation and draft in basketball operations for the New Jersey Jets at the NBA level
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