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The Rise of Yanni Hufnagel

From a glance, Yanni Hufnagel seems like an average Boston resident, but take a closer look and, you get a different perspective. He is the man who was behind the success of the Harvard Basketball team. Yanni Hufnagel is a basketball coach.


The irony is Yanni was kicked out of the basketball team while he was in high school. However, he didn’t let that take him deter his focus. After his cut, Yanni took a position as a commentator for the team’s games on the local TV.


After graduating from high school, Yanni attended two different universities; the Pennsylvania State University and the Cornell University. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.


He completed his internship at the New Jersey Net and later joined the University of Oklahoma. Yanni Hufnagel served as the graduate assistant coach for the Men’s basketball team at the University. While at the University, Yanni earned his Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education with emphasis on Athletics Administration.


Yanni joined the Harvard Crimson Men’s Basketball program as the assistant coach. He was also a recruiter. His recruiting ability led to his voting in the CBS Sports Survey as the Mid-coach with a promising recruiting career. Hufnagel was also named to a CBS Sports basketball dream team.


In 2013, Yanni Hufnagel joined the Vanderbilt as the assistant coach. He was responsible for helping the Vanderbilt improve their ranking to 29th in the 2014 recruiting class. Soon after the success, he left the team and joined Golden Bears as the assistant coach.


Yanni Hufnagel assisted the team to achieve the 2016 NCAA Tournament berth. He resigned from the position after two years. In 2016, he accepted the assistant coaching position at the University of Nevada Wolf Park. The UNR president supported his employment.

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