Unlike many successful Jewish graduates of Ivy League Universities, Yanni Hufnagel is not a Banker, Lawyer, or Doctor. In his mid 30’s, Hufnagel, a Cornell Graduate, is in his 1st season as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Nevada at Reno, and figures to be one of the youngest Head Men’s Basketball Coaches in Division I Basketball sooner than later.
Having coached at numerous universities including Oklahoma, California, and most notably and prestigiously, Harvard, Hufnagel is quickly making a name for himself in the world of College Basketball. Considering he was cut from his High School Basketball Team, and his only experience as a college athlete was one year of playing Lacrosse at Penn State University, Hufnagel’s rise in the world of College Basketball is somewhat surprising.
While the role of a college basketball coach is multifaceted one of the most important aspects of college basketball coaching is being able to recruit talent. It is in this area of college basketball coaching that Hufnagel really shines. While at Harvard, Hufnagel was tasked on selling prospective student athletes on an institution that does not offer athletic scholarships and requires higher than usual SAT Scores. One need only to spend a little bit of time with Hufnagel to realize his extraordinary talented in this area, and the fact that his people skills will take him far.
In his first year at the University of Nevada at Reno under Coach Eric Musselman it is only a matter of time before Hufnagel takes over a College Basketball Program of his own.