Yanni Hufnagel- Inspiring Assistant Basketball Coach

In New York City back in August of 1982, Yanni Hufnagel was born. From there, he grew up into an inspiring man who has helped many youths as well as some NCAA Men’s Basketball players. Continue reading for the rest of his story.




Yanni earned a BS degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell in 2006. He was also the student manager with the Big Red while at Cornell. The summer before heading to Oklahoma, he did his internship with the New Jersey Nets. He was also able to be the special assistant to the head coach Lawrence Frank. From there he went on to earn his Master’s of Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2010. His main emphasis here was Intercollegiate Athletic Administration.


Coaching Background


While attending school at the University of Oklahoma, Yanni was also the graduate assistant coach from 2007 till 2009. Upon graduating, he took the position of graduating assistant at Harvard where he spent four seasons. With his job title, he was able to organize the recruiting database, help with individual workouts for the players, and assist the coach during practice. He was there from 2010 till 2013.


From there he went on to have a huge impact at Vanderbilt for a year till 2014. His job title was the recruiting coordinator while with Crimson. While being here, he became involved with a Mentor Match Program as well as a Partners for Youth with Disabilities.


Headed to the west coast from there, Yanni took an assistant coaching position with the California Golden Bears from 2014 till 2016. Moving inward one state, he took another assistant coaching position at Nevada which he spent one season from 2016 till 2017.


Yanni Hufnagel spent many years helping the many young men become the best basketball players that they could be while also inspiring many.