Just how far would you go to chase your dream? Would you put yourself through an Ivy League school only to take an unpaid position for four years in order to prove your value? Would you sacrifice your time helping others get better? These are all things that Yanni Hufnagel has done for the game of basketball. It is high time that he gets his chance as a head coach in a Division I program.
Yanni Hufnagel loves basketball through and through despite the fact that he cannot play the game at a high level. After being cut from his high school basketball team, he became the team’s announcer. He has done whatever he could to stay close to the game he loves. It makes sense when you know that the 33-year-old Jewish college basketball coach played with basketball figurines in order to develop strategies as a child.
Yanni Hufnagel graduated from Cornell University, an Ivy League school. With his connections, he could have taken almost any job out there. Instead, he worked his butt off in order to achieve an unpaid assistant coaching position at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He took over recruiting for the Ivy League college.
Harvard does not give out sports scholarships. Harvard does not bend its high academic standards for athletes. Despite these obstacles, Yanni Hufnagel was able to assemble a team that won the school’s first-ever Ivy League championship. Yanni Hufnagel’s ability to recruit comes down to two things. He is not afraid to hear the word to know, and everybody seems to really like him.
Two of his biggest fans are NBA stars Blake Griffin and Jeremy Lin. Yanni Hufnagel would work deep into the night to help Blake Griffin improve his skills on the court. Jeremy Lin offers the coach courtside seats whenever his team was in town.