Yanni Hufnagel: On the Rise

An emerging coach full of promise and potential, Yanni Hufnagel was recently offered a position as an assistant college basketball coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack Basketball Team. Working closely under coach Eric Musselman, Hufnagel brings with him the knowledge gained from a lifetime of self-education on the sport and the practical experience of various internships and basketball management positions at the college level.

Yanni Hufnagel, born in New York City on August 26th of 1982, has made significant progress in the world of basketball management. Prior to his position with the Nevada Wolf Pack Men’s Basketball team, Yanni Hufnagel served as an assistant basketball coach for the Harvard Crimson Men’s Basketball team, the California Golden Bears, and the Vanderbilt Commodores.

With a passion for the sport from a young age, Yanni Hufnagel began his basketball career as a young basketball player for the Scarsdale High School Raiders in New York City. Hufnagel would then take on a commentating position with a local TV channel to keep up with the team’s progress and stay in touch with the sport.

After high school, Hufnagel attended both Pennsylvania State University and graduate from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations in 2006. Shortly after, Hufnagel accepted a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets and then began attending the University of Oklahoma and served as a graduate assistant coach for the Sooners Men’s Basketball Team.

Completing his Masters in 2010 in Adult and Higher Education with a focus on Intercollegiate Athletics Administration, Yanni Hufnagel then went on to pursue his career in basketball management full force. With his positions as assistance coach for Harvard, Vanderbilt, the University of California, Berkeley, and now the University of Nevada, Reno, Hufnagel is regarded highly by both CBS Sports and ESPN as a talented recruiter and most likely to make it in the big leagues.

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