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Yanni Hufnagel Continues to Develop Recruiting Reputation

A common dream for many people is to become a major college basketball coach. In most cases, becoming a coach also requires someone to have played basketball at least at the college level. While this is the general rule, some people that show complete talent for the profession can beat the odds and climb the ranks of college coaching.

 

One individual that has continued to grow and develop in the field of coaching is Yanni Hufnagel, who is currently an assistant coach at the University of Nevada for the school’s men’s basketball team. Hufnagel’s career in coaching ultimately started about ten years ago when he was still a college student at Penn State University. While he was in school, Hufnagel was able to get an internship with the New Jersey Nets, which gave him his first insight into coaching.

 

Yanni Hufnagel ultimately transferred to Cornell and graduate in 2006. The next three years he worked on his master’s degree while he also was a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. After finishing his studies, Hufnagel was able to get job at Harvard University as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. While he was working for Harvard, he developed the ability to recruit athletes better than anyone else. According to CBS Sports, Harvard historically has had a tough time getting top players, but Hufnagel was able to recruit a few to 100 players, which helped Harvard to become one of the top teams in the Ivy League.

 

After spending a few years at Harvard, he was given a position at Vanderbilt University and continued to develop his ability to recruit and coach. In his few years there, Vanderbilt had some of their most successful seasons ever. Hufnagel then moved on to the University of Nevada and helped to turn that program around. During his first few years there, Hufnagel saw Nevada win multiple conference titles and advance to the NCAA tournament. Much of this was due to the incredible amount of talent that he was able to bring to the school, which included a few different players ranked in the top 100.

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