Harvard Assistant Coach Yanni Hufnagel is Making a Name for Himself

Recently the website Tablet, a daily online magazine covering Jewish news, culture and ideas posted an article about Harvard University’s Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Yanni Hufnagel.


The article explains how Hufnagel grew up in Scarsdale, NY, graduated from Cornell University and is now considered a rising star in Basketball coaching circles. The article cites a 2011 survey by CBS Sports in which Hufnagel was voted the top Assistant Coaches from a mid-major school who “will make it big time due to his recruiting ability.”


Yanni Hufnagel has since moved on to become the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Nevada University. Still known for his recruiting prowess, Hufnagel has seen players he’s recruited go on to be picked as high as 3rd overall (Jaylen Brown, 2016 Draft) in the NBA Draft. Nevada second year Head Coach Eric Muselman hopes that Hufnagel will continue to recruit highly prized players for his program and says of Hufnagel, “He’s a high-energy coach and recruiter, and we’re thrilled to have him in our program.”


During Hufnagel’s time with Harvard, the Crimson won the Ivy League three consecutive times. In the 2011-2012 season, the team won a school record 26 games and was ranked 21st in the nation, the first time the school was ever nationally ranked. In 2013, the team won their first post-season game upsetting third-seeded New Mexico.


Hufnagel has also gotten experience at the NBA level as an intern for the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets) assisting the front office with draft preparation.


Yanni Hufnagel is considered on of the top recruiting coaches in College Basketball and is thought by many to be on his way to a head coaching position in the near future.

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