When it comes to basketball, a lot of factors can decide the winner of the game. Players play a big part in the court, but coaches play a big part in the season. With great coach comes great team decisions, but coaches can’t handle all the things. A coach needs a reliable person who will assist him in every part of the season, and Yanni Hufnagel knows all of that. He has extensive knowledge in coaching basketball players because of his experience as an assistant coach.
Although his original sport during his school years is the lacrosse, he will eventually become an assistant coach in the University of Oklahoma basketball team. While he’s there, he helped in developing Blake Griffin. In 2010, Hufnagel finished a Master’s Degree in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration in Oklahoma.
Yanni Hufnagel became the Harvard Crimson’s basketball team assistant coach as well as a recruiter in 2009. While he’s in Harvard, his ability in recruiting was recognized. His colleagues voted for him as the assistant coach who will be successful because of his recruiting ability in a CBS Sports survey. He had a big role for Jeremy Lin (point guard at Atlanta Hawks) and Wesley Saunders’ (shooting guard at Vanoli Cremona) development while at Harvard. After four years of working, he managed to get Harvard on the basketball map with 90-30 in favor of Harvard against New Mexico. That was his last season in Harvard.
During the 19th Maccabiah Games which was held in Israel, he was appointed to help in leading the USA Youth Team. However, he declined the offer as an assistant coach to join the Vanderbilt Commodores. During his stay at the Vanderbilt, he was working under Kevin Stallings. He helped in making Vanderbilt reach the 29th ranked in recruiting class in 2014 before leaving for University of California.
Joining the California Golden Bears, he worked under Cuonzo Martin. Yanni has been a big help in convincing Jaylen Brown (shooting guard at Boston Celtics) and Ivan Rabb (power forward at Memphis Hustle) to join, which gave the Golden Bears a path to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. He resigned on April 7, 2016, because of an incident with a basketball reporter. One day later, he accepted the assistant coaching position which was offered to him by the University of Nevada.
During his time at the Nevada Wolf Pack, Yanni Hufnagel worked with Eric Musselman, which UNR President Marc Johnson approved. He left the Nevada Wolf Pack after staying for the 2017 NCAA Division Men’s Basketball Tournament. Visit his Instagram page.