Yanni Hufnagel: College Basketball’s greatest assistant coach

Yanni Hufnagel is one of America’s greatest college basketball coaches in the sport today. He currently serves as assistant coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team under the leadership of Eric Musselman. He has previously been an assistant coach for California State, Vanderbilt, and Harvard. He has become one of the most respected recruiters in college basketball.

Yanni Hufnagel was born into a Jewish family in Scarsdale, New York. While he was growing up, he would read every book on coaching that he could find. As a kid, he would bring the plays that he read about to life by using basketball action figures. His time in the basketball court began with him calling games for his local public television network.

Yanni Hufnagel would then become Cornell University’s basketball manager. During his studies at Cornell University he earned a summer internship with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. After graduating from Cornell, Yanni Hufnagel was interviewed and hired by Okalahoma’s head coach Jeff Capel. Jeff Capel would later recommend him to Harvard, where he became the volunteer assistant coach. He began to recruit players across the country. Yanni Hufnagel has become known for his successes that he has brought to the teams he was worked with.

Yanni Hufnagel earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell and Master’s Degree in Adult Higher Education from Oklahoma. Yanni Hufnagel is one of the best salesmen, when it comes to getting recruiters to join his team.

Yanni Hufnagel has spent time as an assistant coach with several top-tier schools including Oklahoma, Harvard, Vanderbilt, California and now Nevada. He has managed to bring success to those schools and continues to do so at Nevada and will continue until he decides it’s time retire and move on to the next chapter.


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