Yanni Hufnagel is a former basketball coach in the NCAA. Born August 26,1982 from New York City, New York where he lived and was raised, found a liking for sports as a teenager. In his early Scarsdale High School days, he and his younger brother Alec played for the school lacrosse team, and Yanni was the team captain. Later on, during his junior year, he was cut from the school’s varsity basketball team which lead to a lucrative roll in calling plays as a commentator on home games for a local cable channel. That’s where the mindset for coaching came in.
After gaining great experience in calling plays, and breaking down plays as a commentator Yanni Hufnagel had transferred to Cornell University where he graduated. Following that he went to a summer internship with the then New Jersey Nets. After completing that program he was ready to begin his coaching career.
From 2007-2017 Yanni Hufnagel was an assistant coach for 5 different teams. Some viewed him as one of the “next to make it” coaches cause of his strong effort and potential. Former colleagues of his say he’s an energizer battery when it comes to recruiting players. He was good at play calling and very instrumental in a nice amount of players careers that are now playing in the NBA. His first assistant coach job in Oklahoma he helped develop Blake Griffin back in 2007-2009.
In the summer of 2009, Yanni moved on to Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team and within 2 years he had made a big name for himself once again. Playing a heavy roll in the development of players like Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. The next venture for Hufnagel was Vanderbilt where he continued to learn on a major level while being under Kevin Stallings the head coach at the time. He was only there for 1 year but played a major recruiting roll in getting Wade Baldwin IV to attend the school.
His next assistant coaching position for the California Golden Bears was in 2014, Hufnagel helped persuade Jaylen brown and Ivan Rabb to join the team and succeeded. The last coaching job he accepted was with Eric Musselman for the Nevada Wolfpack where he stayed for 1 year before parting ways.