Many people grow up with a love or a passion in their lives. These passions can range from playing the guitar, painting or playing a sport. But most people let those passions fall by the wayside as they grow up. They choose to focus on finding a job instead.
This is not the path that Yanni Hufnagel chose. Yanni Hufnagel decided that his passion would become his life despite the fact he couldn’t even perform his passion.
Yanni Hufnagel grew up in a Jewish family in Scarsdale, New York. He loves basketball, but he was cut from his high school varsity team. This kind of setback would cause a normal person to step away from their passion to pursue other things. But that’s not how Yanni Hufnagel operates.
In order to stay attached to the game that he loves, he took over as the announcer for his high school basketball team. It was his first opportunity to show off how much he knew about basketball strategy. Much of that strategy was developed in his living room as a child where he played with basketball figurines.
Yanni Hufnagel burst onto the college basketball scene back in 2009 when he took an unpaid assistant coaching job at Harvard University. Yanni Hufnagel was able to recruit an Ivy League championship basketball team that went 79-24 during his four-year stint at the Ivy League school. And all this recruiting happened despite the fact that Harvard does not award athletic scholarships nor does it lower its strict academic requirements for athletes.
This ability to recruit garnered him national fame. A CBS Sports poll of college basketball personnel named him the assistant coach most likely to make it big in the industry based solely on his recruiting skills. I can’t wait to see what this guy can do when he takes control of a Division I program as a head coach.