One of the newest members of the Nevada coaching staff is a young, dynamic assistant by the name of Yanni Hufnagel. A native of Scarsdale, New York, Hufnagel graduated with a masters degree from the University of Oklahoma. It was there that he got his first coaching experience as a graduate assistant, helping develop current NBA star Blake Griffin. From there, Hufnagel, who did his undergrad studies at Cornell University, went back to his Ivy league roots to take a job with the Harvard Men’s basketball program. He took on the dual role of Assistant Coach and Recruiter. The result? Harvard made it to post season play all four years that Yanni Hufnagel was there. And the talent he helped recruit led the school to three Ivy League championships. In it’s 2012-2013 College Basketball Preview, CBS sports named him to their “dream team” of assistant coaches.
Hufnagel went on to serve the same roles as assistant coach and recruiter at Vanderbilt University. Long known for his relentless recruitment style and ethic, he helped land th 29th highest nationally ranked freshman class, including all SEC star Wade Baldwin IV. Baldwin would go on to make the NBA, along with teammate Damian Jones, also coached by Yanni Hufnagel. Later at the University of California in 2014, he helped recruit a top 5 ranked class that included highly sought after Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb. California entered the NCAA tournament in 2016 as a number 4 seed, the highest in the history of the program. Yanni caught the eye of Nevada Head Coach Eric Musselman years ago, who admired his high energy coaching and recruiting style. When given the chance, he promptly hired him to join the Wolf Pack staff for the 2016-2017 season. Nevada fans are getting a coach with a wealth of experience and, most of all, a relentless desire to acquire talent and win.