Yanni Hufnagel started his Basketball dreams as a young Jewish kid setting up figurines for coaching strategy. At a young age he devoured every book on basketball coaching he could get his hands on. At the end of his high-school career, he begin work calling local games for his area’s public television station.
After acceptance to prestigious Cornell University, Yanni Hufnagel spent his first year as team manager. As a student he interned with the New Jersey Nets before graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, and was soon on to bigger things. He was offered the position of Graduate Assistant Coach by Coach Jeff Capel at Oklahoma. By 2009, he had been offered an unpaid coaching internship at Harvard, and began to shine as a recruiter. He spent much of his time on the road approaching prospects. In 2010 he graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s Degree in Adult Higher Education with an emphasis on Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Since then he’s had his pick of coaching jobs, and has been associated with Vanderbilt, the Maccabiah Games, and the University of California, Berkeley before arriving to his current post of Assistant Coach at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Yanni Hufnagel Career Highlights
Harvard “Dream Team” Coach
While at Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel was named by CBS as a member of a college basketball assistant coach “dream team” before the 2012-2013 season. During his time at Harvard, the school’s record was 90-30.
Vanderbilt Star Recruiter
He helped Vanderbilt assemble the 29th-ranked recruiting class in 2014.
Berkely Whiz Kid
While recruiting for Berkely, Yanni Hufnagel helped to bring in Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, who lead the team in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.