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August 02, 2018

Love and Basketball (Yanni Hufnagel)

Yanni Hufnagel is the former assistant coach of Vanderbilt’s Men’s Basketball team. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Hufnagel spent his time working for Harvard and led the school to consecutive 20-win seasons, consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and an Ivy League title. Hufnagel has found success everywhere he has gone and it all ties back to his origins. Hufnagel received a bachelor’s from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor relations. He later went on to receive a Master’s in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Hufnagel began his coaching career at Oklahoma as a graduate assistant. Hufnagel amassed plenty of experience before taking up this mantle. That experience made the transition seamless. Hufnagel had experience working as an intern with the New Jersey Nets, and as a student manager at Cornell University. It would go to say that Hufnagel is passionate about basketball. Hufnagel has helped change the lives of many. Through his mentorship, recruitment, and development he has influenced the future. Most notable of those that Hufnagel influenced are Blake Griffin and Jeremy Lin. Both players have gone on to have success careers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Blake Griffin went on to become the first pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers. Jeremy Lin went undrafted but eventually ended up with the Golden State Warriors. Hufnagel has been able to be in positions like these because of his hard work. Hufnagel is an active recruiter and has had several of his recruitment classes ranked in the top 50 by the likes of CBS Sports, ESPN, Rivals, and Hufnagel has since moved on from Vanderbilt and has continued to actively recruit and coach. Hufnagel’s has last worked at the University of California and the University of Nevada. He looks to continue doing the thing he loves.

June 06, 2017

The Winning Collegiate Basketball Coach Yanni Hufnagel

Yanni Hufnagel is the Assistant Coach of the basketball team at the University of Nevada who has just recently made the transition to coaching the Nevada Wolf Pack. That transition has proven to be successful for Hufnagel thus far. Hufnagel grew up in the game of basketball, first reading playbooks as a small boy and acting the scenes out with figurines then announcing games for local high school teams on the local TV stations while he was still in high school himself.


From there he helped as the manager for the basketball team while he studied at Cornell University. While studying at Cornell he got an offer to do a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets. After his graduation, he got a huge chance when to coach as one of the guys on the Nets team got him in touch with an old boss named Jeff Chapel in Oklahoma. Chapel had been looking for a graduate assistant coach for some time. Hufnagel eagerly flew out to Oklahoma to interview and that’s where he was offered the job.


Yanni Hufnagel’s coaching career took off from there. Personally, Hufnagel has earned an excellent reputation in the basketball world as he graduated from Cornell in 2006 and then received his Master’s degree in Adults Higher Education with an interest in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from Oklahoma. He has coached at some of the best basketball colleges around such as Cornell University, Oklahoma (graduate assistant coach), Harvard University (assistant coach), Vanderbilt, Cal, and now he has most recently been at Nevada.


Yanni Hufnagel has also led the teams he has coached to some incredible success and records during his seasons there. Hufnagel has been coaching college basketball nonstop since his graduation from Cornell University in 2006. He began coaching in 2007 and hasn’t stopped since, which is closing in on 10 years of experience now. In his final season at California he led the Golden Bears to a 23-11 record. Hufnagel led Harvard to 3 20-win seasons, and had a cumulative 90-30 record after 4 years at the helm. Those are just some of the successes he has had as a coach, and the future continues to look bright at Nevada for Hufnagel.