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The assistant basketball coach Yanni Hufnagel has been on a career trajectory that seems to be taking him to the very top of the basketball coaching field as he made his mark in turning around the college careers of players who have already gone on to become NBA professionals. Despite his youth, the Scottsdale, New York born coach has already worked with a number of top schools after starting his career as a sports commentator with his local public TV station as a schoolboy.
The success of the career of Yanni Hufnagel began when he moved to Cornell University to study for a BA in Higher Education and took up a role as the basketball manager for the college team. As a fan of basketball at both college and professional level, Yanni Hufnagel took a role as an intern with the New Jersey Nets NBA team; it was while working with the Nets he was given his first big break when a member of the coaching staff recommended the young graduate to Oklahoma University Head Coach Jeff Capel. During the two years, Hufnagel spent coaching at Oklahoma he was given credit for assisting with the turnaround of current NBA player Blake Griffin during his struggles to become a success in his early college career.
Much of the emphasis of the career of Yanni Hufnagel has been spent in recruiting, an area of the college coaching profession the young assistant coach excelled in during his days with the Vanderbilt Commodores basketball team; the 2013 rankings for college recruiting classes showed Vanderbilt had risen to the 29th best-recruiting class with the aid of the work of Assistant Coach Yanni Hufnagel. The coach has continued to find success in helping guide the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Nevada to NCAA playoff births.