Yanni Hufnagel is not a medical doctor, a renowned entrepreneur, or a banker. He is a revered assistant basketball coach at Harvard. The 30-year-old coach has brought loads of success to the Crimson. In his four years on the bench, the team managed to win its first Ivy League. This success has made him one of the upcoming basketball coaches in the country.
Unlike other stars in the basketball industry, Yanni Hufnagel is neither tall nor athletic. However, he has made significant contributions in basketball. He is also one of the few Jews engaged in basketball coaching. In an upcoming game, the assistant coach will have the opportunity of meeting another promising coach of Jewish origin, Josh Pastner. He coaches the University of Memphis.
According to a 2011 survey done by CBS Sports, Yanni Hufnagel was voted the most promising coach from a mid-major school. The coaches voted him based on his excellent recruiting ability. Through his exceptional coaching skills, Yanni has helped Harvard University to recruit some of the best basketball players in the country. In addition, he has inspired the team to win different tournaments. Josh asserts that Yanni is a better basketball team recruiter than himself.
Hufnagel’s passion for coaching started when he was as a young boy. He read numerous coaching books. Yanni went ahead to play for the Penn State’s team. However, his time at the school was short-lived. Yanni Hufnagel admits that he was not a good basketball player as he could hardly make big shots. In addition, Yanni is neither tall nor athletic.
Yanni Hufnagel’s opportunity to join the bench came when Jeff Capel, Oklahoma’s basketball coach, appointed him as his graduate assistant. Capel saw his talent and recommended him to Harvard’s head coach, Tommy Amaker. He started as a volunteer assistant coach. With the passage of time, he was promoted to serve as the assistant coach. Today, Yanni Hufnagel is one of the most sought after coaches in the country.