It’s 2017 and Yanni Hufnagel is one of the best assistant coaches in all of college basketball due to his player recruiting mastery. After two years with the Golden Bears at Cal Berkeley, Yanni Hufnagel has brought his assistant coaching talents to the men’s Nevada Wolf Pack squad under coach Eric Mussleman. The Nevada basketball program and coach Mussleman believe that from his years spent with Oklahoma, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Cal, Yanni is bringing a treasure chest of experience and high-octane energy with him.
Yanni Hufnagel’s life started out as a Jewish kid from the Scarsdale, New York area. He earned his bachelors degree in labor relations from Cornell University and his first coaching job was at the University of Oklahoma as a graduate assistant with the men’s basketball program. After an internship with the New Jersey Nets, Yanni earned his masters degree in Higher Education emphasized in Athletics Administration. While at Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel was attributed with the development of NBA star Blake Griffin.
Yanni Hufnagel then joined the Harvard Crimson’s men’s basketball program in 2009. During his tenure as an assistant coach under Tommy Amaker, Yanni helped recruit and develop players, such as Jeremy Lin, and was repeatedly honored by his peers. Even being voted to a CBS college basketball assistant coaches “dream team” in 2012. Yanni’s next stop was Vanderbilt, where he was an assistant coach for one year before arriving at Cal Berkeley. While there, he and coach Cuonzo Martin led the Golden Bears to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2016.
Now with his coaching, player development, and recruiting skills in place with the Wolf Pack, Yanni Hufnagel is sure to help coach Mussleman turn the Nevada men’s basketball program into an exciting place to play for the new recruits of the present and future.