July 31, 2018 · Sports

Former Vanderbilt University men’s basketball assistant coach Yanni Hufnagel was born in 1982. He grew up in Scarsdale, New York and earned a bachelors degree at Cornell University. After successfully completing an internship with the New Jersey Nets, Yanni would join Oklahoma University’s Men’s Basketball staff as graduate assistant coach. He was complemented with assisting the development of Blake Griffin while at Oklahoma University. Three years later he would join Harvard men’s basketball program as assistant coach. During his time at Harvard the school had a record of 90–30. In spring of 2013 he progressed in his coaching endeavors joining the Vanderbilt Commodores. He was recognized by ESPN for assisting Vanderbilt attain a top 30 ranked recruiting class during 2014. He would leave the team at the end of the season and move on to University of California as assistant. The University of California would make it to the 2016 NCAA tournament. By 2016 Yanni Hufnagel would make his way to the University of Nevada as assistant coach. The team would appear in the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Yanni has an abundance of experience in the coaching field. His resume of teams and different conferences gives the former assistant coach a depth of basketball knowledge. He has been responsible for some of the biggest upsets in college basketball as well as some of the best recruiting classes over. His ability to build solid rapport with players is stupendous. It is clear that Yanni Hufnagel would be an asset to any coaching staff, on any level.


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