Yanni Hufnagel used to be a basketball coach in the NCAA. Among the teams, he was a coach for where the University of Oklahoma, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, and UC Berkeley. He has spoken at several events over the years about coaching and the game of basketball in general. This included Krossover where he spoke when he was the Vanderbilt assistant coach.
During his speech for Krossover, Yanni Hufnagel said to have been very passionate about the game of basketball, recruiting players, and coaching them up. He showed why he was considered one of the best recruiters in the game. He impressed upon the audience the need to “win the day” by which he meant to control what you can and always bring enthusiasm and energy to whatever you do for a living.
He said that everyone should build a personal brand and then always be true to yourself. Yanni Hufnagel also talked about Krossover products and how they could be improved to achieve higher success. The audience said he provided a lot of inspiration that day and made a big change for them.
He was at Harvard University from 2009 to 2013 as a coaching assistant and recruiter. He said at the time that one of his biggest changes that greatly affected him as a recruiter was the change in financial aid that players receive. This change impacted everyone in the sport playing at the college level, not just players at Harvard he said at the time.
College Basketball Analyst Jon Rothstein, who works for CBS, once said that Yanni Hufnagel was the most energetic and relentless people he had come across. He called him the Energizer Bunny because he never stops moving. It can be any time of the day and he’ll be hard at work trying to make his team even better.
He said that working as a college basketball assistant coach and recruiter really didn’t feel like work for him because he enjoys it so much. He had Starting Lineup action figures when he was a child and started working as a color analyst for basketball games when he was just 16 years old.