Yanni Hufnagel: The Ultimate Coach Who Sacrifices to Win

Yanni Hufnagel, learned about life, in his hometown in Scarsdale, New York. His life’s ambition was coaching. It is fair to say that as a child, he especially like to coach, as evidence of his extensive reading of books on coaching. High school sports can be very competitive as evidenced by the fact that Hufnagel, as a youngster, was cut from the Scarsdale High School’s basketball team. This early sports failure was particularly embarrassing because Hufnagel was cut before he had arranged to do the color commentary of his team’s games on a local access TV channel.


Yanni Hufnagel attended Pennsylvania State Universty and joined the lacrosse team. One year later Hufnagel left Penn State and transferred to Cornell University where he earned a B.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations. At Cornell, Hufnagel was its basketball manager. He then transferred to the Universty of Oklahoma. Hufnagel was introduced to professional basketball, as an intern with the Jersey Nets.


At the University of Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel was a graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball team and received his M.A. with an emphasis on Intercollegiate Athletics. Working as an assistant coach began his budding career as a basketball coach.


After earning his stripes as a graduate assistant coach, Hufnagel jumped into the college basketball coaching world when he was hired as an assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma, Havard, Vanderbilt, and the Universtiy of California at Berkely. On April 2016, Hufnagel was hired for an assistant coaching position with the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.


Hufnagle has developed an excellent reputation as an energetic recruiter. A good recruiter is strikingly needed to sustain college basketball programs. Before the 2012-13 season, CBS Sports nominated Hufnagle to be in college basketball “dream team” of assistant coaches.


After one year with the Wolf Pack, Yanni Hufnagel is reviewing his options.