Yanni Hufnagel – Assistant Coach
Yanni Hufnagel united with the Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team in June 2009 as the new assistant coach and recruiter under head coach Tommy Amaker. In only two years, Yanni Hufnagel was voted in a CBS sports survey by peers as the best assistant coach most likely to, directly quote, “make it big time due to his recruiting ability.” He was reported by CBS Sports to have assembled a dream team and also called one of the most relentless recruiters and energetic recruiters of his time, especially compared to the recruiting pre-2012. He is noted as well for helping increase Jeremy Lin and Wesley Sanders skills and careers while they were there at Harvard, becoming future NBA players. In Hufnagel’s final year at Harvard, the basketball team went ninety wins to thirty losses, and even upsetting the 2013 NCAA Division Men’s basketball tournament against New Mexico.
Yanni Hufnagel was offered to coach the USA basketball team in Israel at the 19th Maccabiah Games, but declined and instead accepted yet another assistant coach position Vanderbilt Commodores. He joined the Vanderbilt Commodores in May 2013 with coach Kevin Stallings. He was sourced by ESPN with helping Vanderbilt jump in ranks to the 29th ranked 2014 recruiting class, which included Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher Davis, two more players that would end up with successful careers in the NBA. Sadly, after only one season, although very successful in a short time, Hufnagel decided to leave the program at Vanderbilt.
Yanni then joined the 2014 Californian Golden Bears as the assistant coach under Cuonzo Martin and is also credited with recruiting Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, who also went onto the NBA, being a strong due, helped take the Golden Bears to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Sadly, due to conflicts that happened between him and a news reporter, Hufnagel resigned and took a job as the new assistant coach under Eric Musselman with the University of Nevada Wolf Pack’s basketball team. Marc Johnson, the UNR president, strongly supported the hire of Hufnagel and publicly noted that the evidence shown by Hufnagel’s attorney proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt he was innocent. After just one successful season however, Nevada and Hufnagel mutually parted ways after playing in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Learn more about Yanni on hudl.com