Coach Yanni Hufnagel’s uncanny story of success

Yanni Hufnagel is the assistant college basketball coach of the Nevada Wolfpack.

Prior to joining the University of Nevada, Hufnagel was an assistant for the Golden Bears where he led the team to an all-time winning record of 23-11, the highest the program ever saw. He also coached the Harvard Crimson and Vanderbilt Commodores. He is known as being one of the top recruiters in college basketball.


Hufnagel has an interesting success story. Known for his great success with the Harvard basketball program, Yanni was actually kicked off of his own high school basketball team. But, this didn’t stop Hufnagel from chasing hard after success. He then became the tv commentator for the team’s tv game coverage.


After high school, Hufnagel attended Pennsylvania State University as well as Cornell University. He ended up with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He held an internship with the New Jersey Nets and ultimately landed at the University of Oklahoma thereafter. He was then given the opportunity to be the graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball program. It was there at the University of Oklahoma that he earned his Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in Athletics Administration.


His path to success continued when he was named Assistant Coach of the Men’s Basketball program at Harvard where he became famous for his star recruiting abilities. After taking a position as assistant coach at Vanderbilt in 2013, he helped lead the team to a NCAA tournament berth.


Yanni’s path to success has been hard fought and filled with success. After his coaching job at Vanderbilt, Coach Hufnagel most recently accepted a position as assistant coach of the Nevada Wolfpack where he currently coaches today.