In April 2016, Yanni Hufnagel became the assistant Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team coach that’s headed by Eric Musselman. Yanni Hufnagel brings with him quite a large resume in sports. In 2009, Hufnagel was the assistant coach for Harvard’s Crimson men’s basketball program. He worked with Tommy Amaker. Yanni Hufnagel was voted by his peers in 2011 to be the assistant coach most likely to make a big time. Hufnagel wasn’t ready to stay put for long. Four years after he joined the Harvard basketball team, Hufnagel left to become the assistant basketball coach for Vanderbilt Commodores coaching staff where he worked under the coaching of Kevin Stallings. Hufnagel had been given credit for helping Vanderbilt rank 29 in basketball recruitments for 2014. Not long after raising the recruitment rank of basketball players for Vanderbilt, Yani Hufnagel was off again to join another basketball team. He joined the University of Berkely’s coaching staff for their California Golden Bears team.
Eric Musselman met Yanni Hufnagel a decade ago, touting Hufnagel as a high energy coach. Musselman noticed that Berkey’s basketball team had scored in the top 10. The California Golden Bears team posted a 23-11 overall record and earn a No. 4 spot in the NCAA Tournament during the final season that Hufnagel was there. It was the highest in the history of the program. He’s responsible for recruiting such highly regarded basketball talents as Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb. At Harvard, the then 30-year-old was responsible for the Crimson’s four-year success streak.
Yanni Hufnagel was born in Scarsdale, New York in the early 1980s. He graduated from Scarsdale High. After graduation, Hufnagel went to Penn state University and Cornell University where he studied education. Hufnagel received his master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma.