In the world of sports, there is no one as important as the coach. Few players can achieve a level of competence without a coach. In the professional levels of sports, every star has a mentor, a coach, or someone connected to the game that the player respects and will consult with when something is wrong with any aspect of the game. At every age of the player of any particular sport, there is a need for a coach. The youngest players develop a love of the game and want to continue through their lives thanks to the efforts of dedicated coaches.
Yanni Hufnagel has found his true calling in sports coaching. Raised in Scarsdale, New York, an intelligent Jewish kid, he was cut from his high school varsity basketball program but was able to find another outlet for his love of the “Roundball” game. He began doing radio analysis and color commenting for his former high school team on a local access TV channel. He went to Penn State and then transferred to Cornel University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree.
But his love for basketball was hard for Huffnagel to ignore and he began his coaching career. He acted as an assistant coach and recruiter for schools from the east coast to the west coast that included Harvard, Oklahoma, and Vanderbilt. He is currently the assistant coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack Men’s Basketball Program under Eric Musselman.
Huffnagel is a brilliant example of a man’s passion forming the basis for his professional life. While not a player, he is a coach of the game he is connected to and surely loves.