If you are a die-hard fan of college basketball, the name Yanni Hufnagel may be familiar to you. But if not, that name will be soon. As a boy, Hufnagel spent countless hours reading coaching books while learning and developing plays using toy figurines. He developed a knowledge of the game of basketball that went far beyond the average fan. Although his basketball playing career was shortened after being cut from the Scarsdale, New York high school varsity team, he took a position with the local public-access television station, calling local basketball games. It was clear to those around him, Yanni Hufnagel was not going to remain in one place for long. His love and knowledge of the game were driving him to achieve greater success with every opportunity.
While attending Cornell, he became the school’s basketball team manager, a position that opened the door for a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets. Soon he was recommended for an unpaid Assistant Coach position at Harvard, and Hufnagel immediately utilized the opportunity to get on the recruiting trail, quickly establishing himself as one of the top recruiters in the game. He continued to build his reputation by working at some of the top schools in the country, holding positions at Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, California and Nevada.
Yanni Hufnagel’s work ethic, relentless energy and drive to succeed led to a job offer at Nevada in 2016. He happily accepted, and helped lead the team to its first Mountain West conference and tournament title, picking up 28 wins along the way, the second-highest total in team history. This successful season also resulted in the Wolf Pack’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2007.
Yanni Hufnagel will only continue to show his relentless passion for the game and utilize every opportunity that he is given, and will no doubt soon be a familiar name to basketball fans everywhere.