The Career Life of Yanni Hufnagel as a Basketball Coach

Born in 1982, Yanni Hufnagel is a former college basketball coach. The former American college coach last served at Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team as an assistant coach under Eric Musselman. Yani Hufnagel established a successful career as a coach to be regarded as among the top recruiters in college basketball. Previously, he served as an assistant coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores, California Golden Bears, and Havard Crimson.

Work and education background

Mr. Yanni Hufnagel grew up in Scarsdale, New York. He joined Pennsylvania State University where he played for the lacrosse team as a defenseman. One year later, he transferred to Cornell University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in 2006. After completing a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets, he attended the University of Oklahoma where he coached the Sooners men’s basketball team as a graduate assistant coach. He later graduated with a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education alongside an Emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration.

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Career at Harvard

Mid 2009, Yanni Hufnagel became Harvard Crimson men’s basketball program’s assistant coach under Tommy Amaker. Serving as both an assistant coach and recruiter, Hufnagel was voted a mid-major assistant coach highly likely to make it big due to his good recruiting ability. He was also named “one of the most relentless and energetic recruiters in the game”. Under his 4 year tenure at Harvard, the school went from 90 to 30.

Career at Maccabiah Games

He was appointed to be Team USA Youth Tea’s coach in Israel at the 19th Maccabiah Games. However, he declined the offer to serve as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt Commodores.

Career at Vanderbilt

Hufnagel served as an assistant coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores under Kevin Stallings starting from 2013. He was credited with helping the team secure the 29th-ranked 2014 recruiting class including Matthew Fisher-Davis and Wade Baldwin IV.

University of California

According to The Crimson, Hufnagel joined California Golden Bears in 2014. He served under Cuonzo Martin to help persuade Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown to join California Golden Bears. The duo led the Golden Bears to the 2016 NCAA Tournament berth.

University of Nevada

In 2016, Hufnagel joined University of Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team’s coaching staff as an assistant coach. He was helped by UNR President, Marc Johnson, to ascend to the position after sexual harassment allegations claiming that it had been proven beyond reasonable doubt that he was innocent. He later left Nevada after an appearance in the 2017 NCAA Division I men’s Basketball Tournament. Learn more about Yanni on