Yanni Hufnagel is an assistant basketball coach at the University of Nevada. He coaches under Mike Musselman for the Wolf Pack. Hufnagel is widely regarded as one of the best recruiters in the nation. Yanni is well traveled in the basketball ranks, he completed an internship with the New Jersey Nets and proceeded to make stops at Harvard, Vanderbilt, University of California and his current position at the University of Nevada.
While being part of the Harvard basketball program, Hufnagel was voted “most likely to make it big due to his recruiting abilities” by his peers in a CBS survey. Many also connect Jeremy Lin’s success in the college and NBA ranks to the development skills of Yanni.
In 2013, Hufnagel was brought on to the Vanderbilt coaching staff and made an immediate impact. Just some months later, in 2014, Yanni was credited by ESPN with recruiting the 29th best team in the nation. But just the next year, Hufnagel would make a move to join the University of California, Berkley coaching team, which would prove to be the right move for his career. While at the University of California, he recruited Jaylen Brown, a top prospect in the nation, and a top 10 pick in the NBA draft. Due to this recruit, the Golden Bears earned a 2016 NCAA play off birth.
In April of 2016, after alleged reports that Yanni sexually abused a female reporter, the University of Nevada took Hufnagel in, and signed him as an assistant coach. The University believes that Hufangel’s attorney proved beyond doubt that Hufnagel did not sexually abuse the reporter. At this time, Hufnagel is working to get past these allegations and is considered one of the best young coaches, especially recruiters in the college ranks.