Yanni Hufnagel is an American basketball professional who has filled the assistant coach slot for several college teams. From the Harvard Crimson to the Nevada Wolf Pack, Hufnagel has been an integral part of the American basketball scene for years.
Yanni Hufnagel wanted to be a basketball coach from his earliest days. He played basketball in high school, but he soon found that his talents lay on the sidelines. Beginning as a color commentator for local games, Hufnagel moved into a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets. Then he became the graduate assistant coach for the University of Oklahoma Sooners. He also completed his education at that university, and Hufnagel now holds a master’s degree in education.
After his collegiate training was complete, Yanni Hufnagel entered the world of professional basketball coaching. His first assignment was with the Harvard Crimson. He was the assistant coach and recruiter there from 2009 to 2013, and he helped to develop that basketball team into a powerhouse with a 90-30 record and some memorable upsets. Hufnagel moved from there to a short berth at Vanderbilt. He only stayed there for one year, then transferred to the University of California at Berkeley. His tenure in Berkeley was quite successful, but an unpleasant experience with a reporter caused him to seek new fields elsewhere. The University of Nevada at Reno was pleased to welcome such an experienced assistant coach on board, and he worked with the Wolf Pack for one spectacularly successful season.
Yanni Hufnagel has a reputation as one of the finest recruiters in the world of college basketball. His ability to navigate the tricky negotiations needed to procure the finest talent is legendary. Jeremy Lin, Blake Saunders and Wesley Griffin are three examples of major basketball players that Hufnagel has helped to develop.