Yanni Hufnagel: An Assistant Coach With An Impeccable Recruiting Ability

Yanni Hufnagel was previously a college basketball coach. He was formerly an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, the University of California, and at Harvard University. Graduating from Cornell University, Yanni Hufnagel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in 2006.


Born in 1982, Yanni Hufnagel was raised in New York, specifically in Scarsdale. During his teenage years, he attended Scarsdale High School where he was team captain of his school’s lacrosse team. Later in his high school years, Yanni Hufnagel became a commentator for his school’s team for a local television channel.

As previously mentioned, Yanni Hufnagel attended and graduated from Cornell University. Prior to his time at Cornell, Mr. Hufnagel attended Pennsylvania State University for a year. During his time at Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Hufnagel was a “defenseman” for the school’s lacrosse team. After graduating from Cornell, Mr. Hufnagel completed his internship and then attended the University of Oklahoma. While at the University of Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel served as a “graduate assistant coach” while working to earn his Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education. He achieved his goal and obtained his Master’s degree in 2010 with an “Emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration”.


Before obtaining his Master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Hufnagel parted ways with the university and joined Harvard University. While at Harvard, he served as a recruiter and assistant coach to Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team.

Known for his impeccable “recruiting ability”, Yanni Hufnagel was dubbed “college basketball’s dream team of assistant coaches.” He has worked with many well-known athletes such as Blake Griffin, Wesley Saunders, and Jeremy Lin to only name a few.

Adding to his successful career, Mr. Hufnagel was later offered an assistant coaching position at Vanderbilt University for the Vanderbilt Commodores. He welcomed the offer and took the position at Vanderbilt, declining a coaching position for Team USA’s youth team for the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

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In high demand, Yanni Hufnagel later joined the University of California’s Golden Bears in 2014. While there, Mr. Hufnagel recruited and worked with Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb.

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Yanni Hufnagel Accomplishes His Childhood Dream

When people are kids, they have many dreams. Some kids want to become a doctor, lawyer, nurse, engineer, fireman, president, or a pro athlete to name just a few. The dreams are real as kids but for many different reasons sometimes the dreams do not come true for many of the kids. For the kids who do eventually accomplish their childhood dream, the path to achieving the dream is a great ride.


One of the kids who actually accomplished his childhood dream is Yanni Hufnagel. His dream as a child was a little different than most kids. Yanni Hufnagel wanted to become a coach. His desire was not to play a sport; he wanted to coach the sport. The sport that he wanted to coach was basketball. He had a joy for basketball that gave him a level of excitement that was not matched by other things in his life.


Yanni Hufnagel was a determined young child who did all he could to learn about coaching and the game of basketball. This desire led him to finding every book about basketball that he could find to help him learn more about the game. He also took different jobs that related to basketball in some way to help him get a better understanding of basketball and coaching.


When he finished high school, he attended college to further his education. While in college, he became the manager of the basketball team where he went to college. The love for the game of basketball was still in his heart. During his time in college, he earned an intern position with the NBA team in New Jersey.


The intern position gave him the chance to learn a lot about basketball and coaching. In addition, the intern position gave him the chance to meet people who were able to recommend him for an assistant coach position that he accepted. His first assistant coach position became one that eventually led to other assistant basketball coaching jobs.


Yanni Hufnagel is currently an assistant coach with the Nevada Wolf Pack, which is a top college basketball program. Yanni Hufnagel is doing great in his current position , and he is enjoying coaching the game that he loves.