Yanni Hufnagel, a 34 year-old NCAA men’s basketball assistant, has possessed a love of coaching and the game of basketball since he was a young child. As a boy growing up in Scarsdale, New York, he immersed himself in coaching literature and diagrammed the plays he read about using figurines.
Yanni Hufnagel’s aptitude for the intricacies of the game was evident at a young age when he took over color commentating duties for a local TV station after being cut from his high school team. After Yanni Hufnagel graduated from Cornell University in 2006, he completed an internship with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets before serving as a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball program at the University of Oklahoma.
Once he graduated from Oklahoma with a master’s degree in 2010, Yanni Hufnagel became an assistant coach at Harvard and quickly earned a reputation as an exceptional recruiter, receiving praise from both the national media and fellow assistant coaches.
After four years at Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel was hired as an assistant at Vanderbilt University, where he was lauded by ESPN for helping the Commodores secure the 29th ranked recruiting class in the country for the 2014 season. After his year at Vanderbilt he took a job at the University of California, where he was instrumental in the recruitment of 2015-16 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jaylen Brown.
Most recently, Yanni Hufnagel put his recruiting acumen to work as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, where his efforts helped lead the Wolf Pack to a berth in the 2017 NCAA tournament.
Yanni Hufnagel left his position at Nevada after the conclusion of the 2017 season, and he now resides in New York City where he is a Managing Partner at IXC.VC.