Yanni Hufnagel is a 30-year-old Jewish man from Scarsdale, New York. As a child, he was an avid reader, voraciously studying every book on coaching he could find. He would then use action figures of basketball players to run the plays outlined in each book.
Before his coaching career, Yanni Hufnagel took a job in his hometown as a television announcer for local teams. It was clear to his broadcast partner—and many others—that destiny would make him either a sports coach or an announcer.
During his first year at Cornell University, he was offered the role of basketball manager. This opened up a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets NBA team, eventually leading to an assistant coaching position in Oklahoma and, ultimately, to Harvard, where he was hired as a volunteer assistant coach and recruiter.
Hufnagel then joined the coaching staff at Nevada, working alongside former NBA head coach Eric Musselman. He is among the nation’s premier recruiting agents in college basketball, helping several Division 1 teams secure top talent and, during his time at CAL, spearheading the effort to land a pair of five-star prospects.
Yanni Hufnagel has been a coach or an assistant coach at some of the most prestigious universities in America. He was an assistant coach with his Alma Mater, Cornell University, a graduate assistant with Oklahoma, an assistant coach with Harvard, an assistant coach with Vanderbilt, a recruiter with CAL and an assistant coach and recruiter with Nevada.
While coaching and recruiting for some of the very best collegiate basketball programs in the nation, Yanni Hufnagel found time to earn a Bachelor’s in Science and Industrial and Labor Relations, and a Master’s in Adult Higher Education.