The Life and Career of Yanni Hufnagel

Yanni Hufnagel is an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Nevada. Known for his great recruiting abilities, Hufnagel has worked at other high profile jobs with Vanderbilt University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of California and for Harvard as well. Yanni attended Pennsylvania State for one year where he played on the lacrosse team. Hufnagel was born in Scarsdale New York and graduated from Cornell where he was able to earn a Bachelors Degree in the field of Industrial and Labor Relations. He was also able to earn a degree from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters Degree in intercollegiate Athletics Administration. While working at Vanderbilt University for one season, Hufnagel is credited with landing prized recruit Wayne Baldwin IV. During his time with the Cal Golden Bears, Yanni helped guide them to a NCAA Tournament berth in in 2016. A sexual harassment complaint filed by a female reporter at Cal ended up causing Hufnagel to resign from his position with Cal but wasn’t out of work for very long landing a job at his current position as an assistant to coach Eric Musselman at the University of Navada. Being known and recognized as a stellar recruiter, Hufnagel earned recognition from CBS Sports by being named to their dream team of assistant coaches before the 2012-2013 season. Besides being well known for his great recruiting abilities, Yanni also received a lot of credit in assisting with the development of NBA star Blake Griffin when Griffin played for him at the University of Oklahoma. It’s clear to see why he is regarded as one of the top assistants in all of college basketball due to his ability to recruit top level talent to schools he has worked at in the past and for helping develop the talent once they are playing for him.

 

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