The Life Of a Sportsman: Edwin Miranda

When it comes to the market be it business, or in our case, sports, there is stiff competition with each organization or team needing the best members to achieve the best results for the overall appeal of the team and the gratification of the individual members. It, therefore, falls on each and every member of the team to always be the best and to understand the importance of their individual positions in the team. For, players, in sports, each member of the team has a unique role with ensures, if played well, the success of that team in matches and tournaments. This understanding combined with skills and discipline is what most sportsmen have built their careers on. These players or sportspeople include Edwin Miranda.

Edwin Miranda’s sports career started, like many other sportspersons, in school, and at a very young age. He started shining and achieved the honor of the Defender of The Year for the Big West Conference when he was playing for the California state Northridge college soccer team. When your star starts shining, doors begin opening. In 2004, Edwin Miranda was drafted by the Dallas Burn for in the 2004 MSL SuperDraft in the sixth round. From then, the defender has played for a number of teams in the United States and internationally.

He has played for the Puerto Rico Islanders in two different seasons. The first time, the islanders and Miranda parted ways due to monetary issues. This was after he had left the Dallas Burn and played for the Portland Timbers for two seasons. The second time was after the 2010 PDL playoffs when he played for the Hollywood United Hitmen. During his second time with the Islanders, Edwin Miranda played four regular seasons, the team won the USSF D-2 pro league championship, 2010. The team, 2008, also won the USL First Division Commissioners Cup.

Yanni Hufnagel’s Rise Through the Years

CBS college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein once described Yanni Hufnagel as “the college basketball version of the energizer bunny.” During his career as a coach and recruiter, Hufnagel left a tremendous impression on all whom he worked with.


Hufnagel began as a student manager at Cornell but officially committed to coaching while working as a graduate assistant under Jeff Capel at Oklahoma. During those two seasons, he also had the privilege of working with future NBA star Blake Griffin. Hufnagel describes working with Capel and Griffin and witnessing their work ethic as “a major key that turned the engine for me.”


Harvard coach Tommy Amaker initiated Hufnagel into his first position as a coach and recruiter. While at Harvard, he became a standout recruiter, prospering in developing relationships with student-athletes. Furthermore, he was notorious for acquiring talent from the West Coast, such as Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. Matt Ryan was another top recruit whom Hufnagel pursued with dogged determination. Even though Ryan decided on Notre Dame, Hufnagel left a lasting impression on the young player. Ryan once explained that their first phone conversation took place while the coach checked out at the supermarket. He also described Hufnagel as a man that “basically sees the future.”


When an offer from Vanderbilt arrived, Hufnagel jumped at the opportunity to advance his career. After just one season there, he then accepted an offer to join coach Cuonzo Martin at the University of California, Berkeley. The opportunity was particularly appealing to Hufnagel because it placed him geographically closer to the abundance of prospects on the West Coast.


No matter his college affiliation, Yanni Hufnagel was always relentless and determined in his pursuit of improving the program he was with. He was devoted to basketball and passionate about his work on and behind the sidelines. Hufnagel described his approach to his career best when he said, “I think when you’re passionate about what you do and what you believe in, in a kid, a prospect, then it doesn’t really feel like work.”