Yanni Hufnagel is the Assistant Coach for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack. He was born and raised in Scarsdale New York. He played basketball for Scarsdale High School before being cut from the team. After being cut from the team he became a color commentator for a local access TV channel. He finished high school and went to Pennsylvania State University for a year where he was in lacrosse team. He then transferred to Cornell University where he graduate with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.
Hufnagel has always been passionate about basketball. After he realized he could not make it as a player he got into coaching. His broadcast partner from high school Ed Cohen recalls how he was good at analyzing basketball games. During his freshman year at Cornell Hufnagel was a basketball manager for one season. During that summer he interned at the New Jersey Nets where he was on laundry duty. After graduation he got his break when Ryan Krueger connected him with Jeff Capel, who is the Oklahoma Basketball coach. Capel was searching for a graduate assistant. At Oklahoma Hufnagel was known for his energy and hard work. He always opened the gym early in the morning and would stay up late at night. At Oklahoma he spent two years with Blake Griffin future No. 1 draft pick.
In 2009 Yanni Hufnagel moved to Harvard where he became volunteer assistant coach. He started out primarily as a recruiter for Harvard’s basketball team. He is also noted for helping develop players such as Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin. In 2013 he joined Vanderbilt Commodores as an assistant coach. He left the Vanderbilt program after one season. Between 2014 and 2016 he was assistant coach for the California Golden Bears at Berkeley. From April 2016 Hufnagel has served as assistant coach at University of Nevada under Eric Musselman.