Yanni Hufnagel, the Recruiter with a Difference

Basketball is one of the highest rated games in America. It is also the highest paying professional game in the world today. As a result, it is almost every child’s dream to be a basketball professional or player at the very least. Unfortunately, it is not all who meet the cut. However, this is not reason enough to give up on your dream since you can serve in various capacities in the game leave alone the playing role, just like Yanni Hufnagel.
Yanni Hufnagel, a promising basketball recruiter, grew up in Scarsdale. Unfortunately, he never made the cut to join his high school basketball team. Hufnagel graduated from the University of Cornell with a bachelor’s in Industrial and Labor Relations and also a master’s in Adult and Higher Education, majoring in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration. He now lives and works in Boston. He was a successful assistant basketball coach at Harvard. Under his assistant-leadership, Harvard won the Ivy League and went ahead to produce a star, Jeremy Lin who turned out to be his silver lining. He has also coached Vanderbilt in 2013, the University of California in 2014 and the University of Nevada from 2016.
In 2011, Yanni Hufnagel was voted the most promising assistant coach and the best recruiter in college basketball from a study of over 100 coaches due to his unique recruiting abilities. In high school, he participated in the sport as he called games for his hometown’s television station. It is here he learned how to analyze the game, laying down a solid foundation for his coaching career.
In college, he was a basketball manager for a season and managed to get an internship with the New Jersey Nets. It was in his final year that he landed his first job as an assistant coach at Oklahoma. Here, he rubbed shoulders with some great players like Blake Griffin whom he nurtured and supported through his time there by offering extended training sessions. He was a busy bee and provided everything his players needed.
Yanni Hufnagel’s success is attributed to the fact that he does not discriminate as he recruits and secondly, he possesses qualities of a good salesperson and therefore convincing, and persuasion is his specialty when it gets down to recruitment.

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