Coach Yanni Hufnagel

Who is Yanni Hufnagel? It is definitely not a household name you hear everyday. It is a name quite difficult to pronounce by just reading it. However, this young assistant coach in college basketball has a Jewish name that will be heard more and more on TV because he has a bright future in the world of basketball. Yanni Hufnagel grew up in Scarsdale, New York and he loves basketball. He made the varsity team in high school but was cut from the team. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree and then went to University of Oklahoma to earn a master’s degree. There, he would work as a graduate assistant coach for Oklahoma’s basketball team and would help develop players like Blake Griffin. His young resume includes his work as an assistant coach and recruiter for Harvard, Vanderbilt, University of California Berkeley and currently, the University of Reno, Nevada. Yanni Hufnagel has established himself as one of the best young recruiters in the country. One of the key factors of being a great college head coach is to be able to recruit the best prospects in high school basketball and bring them to play for their program. The NBA today have young head coaches like Brad Stevens in their 30s and if the trend continues, then Yanni Hufnagel might be one of the next young head coaches to lead an NBA team. This bright young coach will then be a household name and we will all learn how to properly pronounce his name.

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