Yanni Hufnagel, assistant men’s basketball coach for the University of Nevada, has a reputation as a skilled recruiter and passionate coach with a bright future. He started analyzing basketball plays at a young age — he says that he read coaching books until they were worn at the edges. As a teen, he called games for the local public-access TV station. Yanni’s analytical skill is evident when he speaks about the game. As the Nevada Assistant Coach this year, he brings years of experience at Harvard, Vanderbilt, and California.
Yanni Hufnagel took a coaching position at Harvard in June of 2009. There he was quickly spotted as a rising star. His peers voted him “most likely to make it big time due to his recruiting ability” in 2011. He was a highly skilled recruiter, though Harvard can be a tough sell to coveted athletes with many options.
Following Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel went on to join Vanderbilt Commodores in May 2013. There he worked as assistant coach for Kevin Stallings. His recruiting abilities were highlighted when the team acquired Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davis, the later of which left Vanderbilt after two seasons of playing for the Commodores when he was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies.
After one season with Vanderbilt, Yanni Hufnagel accepted a position as assistant coach under Cuonzo Martin, for the California Golden Bears. In his two seasons working as assistant coach for California, Yanni worked with 2016 draft picks Jaylen Brown and Tyrone Wallace. In his second season for California, Yanni assisted the team earn a highlight in the history of the program: a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Yanni Hufnagel joined Nevada’s Wolf Pack coaching staff for the 2016-17 season.