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Yanni Hufnagel – When Courage Meets Drive

***UPDATE*** April 28th, 2017Yanni Hufnagel is proud to share his new Crunchbase profile, highlighting his career in basketball coaching and more. See below for details and more news:

Growing up in Scarsdale, New York, Yanni Hufnagel was always drawn to sports, basketball in particular. His knowledge of the game of basketball was beyond most of his peers from an early age. In high school he became the commentator for his high school’s basketball team after being cut from the varsity squad. Although he did not make the team, he did not let his athleticism go to waste. While attending Pennsylvania State University, he became a member of the institute’s lacrosse team. He attended the university for a year before transferring to Cornell University where he received his bachelors in degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.


Through it all, he did not let his passion for basketball die. He was chosen to take part in an internship program with the New Jersey Nets and went on to attend the University of Oklahoma where he became the graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. Since his time interning with the Nets, Hufnagel has gone on two become of the best assistant coaches of today. The list of schools that Hufnagel has served at include Harvard, Vanderbilt, the Berkely campus of the University of California and the Reno location of the University of Nevada.


In an article by Tablet entitled, Harvard Basketball’s Whiz Kid, Hufnagel’s successful journey into the world of basketball coaching was chronicled. The article discussed how Hufnagel was a prime factor in the development of current NBA greats like Jeremy Lin and Blake Griffin and how his recruiting tactics have solidified him as one the best assistant coaches of his time.


Yanni Hufnagel is the epitome of what greatness one can achieve when they pursue life with courage and great passion. He is an inspiration to many and his life will continue to help the dreams of others.