Basketball is a difficult game. It requires aerobic endurance and anaerobic stamina. You need powerful muscles as well as blinding speed. On top of all these athletic skills, you need to develop a soft touch that you can utilize while you are at full throttle. Yanni Hufnagel never quite developed the skills, but he has developed basketball skills that are arguably much more difficult. He has mastered the game’s strategy.
Yanni Hufnagel served as an assistant coach for the Harvard Crimson Tide for four years. The teams 79-24 record speaks for itself. The school also won his first Ivy League championship ever. This has a lot to do with Yanni Hufnagel’s recruiting skills. As assistant coach, his prime responsibility was recruiting and he was able to do so despite some serious obstacles.
The best physical basketball players in the country are looking for high exposure and a free ride. Harvard does not offer either of these things. Harvard does not award athletic scholarships and the school does not lower its academic standards for basketball players. Despite these obstacles, Yanni Hufnagel was named CBS Sport’s most likely assistant basketball coach to make it big because of recruiting skills.
Yanni Hufnagel was cut from his high school varsity basketball team. This forced him to become the high school basketball team’s announcer. Watching the game from the sidelines illuminated a love for the game that he knew was always there. After all, he grew up playing with basketball figurines as a child. So, he was determined to become the best coach he could be.
He graduated from Cornell, interned with the New Jersey Nets and started his career coaching in Oklahoma. After his successful years at Harvard, he has recruited and coach for Vanderbilt, the University of California at Berkeley, and he now serves as assistant coach at the University of Nevada at Reno.