Yanni Hufnagel was previously a college basketball coach. He was formerly an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, the University of California, and at Harvard University. Graduating from Cornell University, Yanni Hufnagel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in 2006.
Born in 1982, Yanni Hufnagel was raised in New York, specifically in Scarsdale. During his teenage years, he attended Scarsdale High School where he was team captain of his school’s lacrosse team. Later in his high school years, Yanni Hufnagel became a commentator for his school’s team for a local television channel.
As previously mentioned, Yanni Hufnagel attended and graduated from Cornell University. Prior to his time at Cornell, Mr. Hufnagel attended Pennsylvania State University for a year. During his time at Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Hufnagel was a “defenseman” for the school’s lacrosse team. After graduating from Cornell, Mr. Hufnagel completed his internship and then attended the University of Oklahoma. While at the University of Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel served as a “graduate assistant coach” while working to earn his Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education. He achieved his goal and obtained his Master’s degree in 2010 with an “Emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration”.
Before obtaining his Master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Hufnagel parted ways with the university and joined Harvard University. While at Harvard, he served as a recruiter and assistant coach to Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team.
Known for his impeccable “recruiting ability”, Yanni Hufnagel was dubbed “college basketball’s dream team of assistant coaches.” He has worked with many well-known athletes such as Blake Griffin, Wesley Saunders, and Jeremy Lin to only name a few.
Adding to his successful career, Mr. Hufnagel was later offered an assistant coaching position at Vanderbilt University for the Vanderbilt Commodores. He welcomed the offer and took the position at Vanderbilt, declining a coaching position for Team USA’s youth team for the 2013 Maccabiah Games.
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Hello, Hollywood! 🎥⭐️😎 Just couldn’t be more excited about the INSANELY talented group I’m working with on “Hustle,” just announced this week by @sonycrackle! From @deadline: Created by Kenny Neibart (“Entourage”), starring Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”) and directed by Nick Cassavetes (“John Q,” “The Notebook), “Hustle,” based on true accounts from one of the nation's top college basketball recruiters, is about an assistant coach willing to do whatever it takes to bring the best prospects in the world to his squad, be it unethical, immoral or illegal. “Hustle” is produced by Kenny Neibart, Kevin Connolly, Nick Cassavetes, Chuck Pacheco, Douglas Banker, Bill Rotko, John Cheng and Yanni Hufnagel.
In high demand, Yanni Hufnagel later joined the University of California’s Golden Bears in 2014. While there, Mr. Hufnagel recruited and worked with Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb.
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