In many ways Yanni Hufnagel is a nice Jewish boy. He was raised in Scarsdale and was cut from his high school basketball team. He is now an assistant coach in basketball at Harvard. He became one of the hottest coaches after the incredible success of the Crimson’s and he won the Ivy League.
The Jewish Coaches Association has approximately thirty Division-I coaches in their rank. Yanni Hufnagel and the Memphis coach Josh Pastner show the most promise. They are having a showdown for Jewish coaching. In 2011 Hufnagel was voted assistant coach who is going to make the big time because of his recruiting ability. Pastner even stated Yanni Hufnagel was a better recruiter than him.
Yanni Hufnagel’s best sport was lacrosse and he played a season for Penn State. He just was not good enough to make it as a basketball player. This was why he began calling games for his towns television station. He showed an amazing ability to analyze basketball. He was a basketball manager during his first year at Cornell. He then served a fall and summer internship with the New Jersey Nets.
Yanni Hufnagel got his big break right after high school. Ryan Krueger connected him with Coach Jeff Capel who needed a graduate assistant. He made another move in 2009 when he was recommended by Capel for a job as a volunteer assistant coach. He got the job and began recruiting immediately. Hufnagel is one of the very best recruiters for two reasons. First he can talk to anyone and second he is an incredible salesman. He is often described as a hard man not to like.
Yanni Hufnagel has been a part of the Harvard Crimson basketball program for men, the Vanderbilt Commodores as an assistant coach, the coaching staff for the California Golden Bears, and was an assistant coach for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.