Yanni Hufnagel: The Underrated College Basketball Coach

Yanni Hufnagel, known as one of the best recruiters in college basketball, is a college basketball coach. Yanni Hufnagel’s career kicked off when he went to Harvard as an assistant coach. From there, he was turned into one of the hottest young coaches in the country with the help of one of his players, Jeremy Lin who played for the Houston Rockets. After he left Harvard’s coaching staff, Yanni Hufnagel then joined Vanderbuilt to be an assistant coach, in May, 2013. Here, he helped them rank up to 29th place in the following season in 2014. Later in the year, he left Vanderbuilt, and then went to University of California, Berkeley. Here he was accused of sexually harassing a female reporter. He then had to leave the coaching staff there, because of the allegations and their damages to his reputation as an assistant coach. A little less than two years later, Yanni Hufnagel accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he still coaches today.

In 2011, there was a CBS Sports survey held for over 100 coaches. Hufnagel was voted, “most relentless recruiter in college basketball.” In Nevada, he helped Eric Musselman win 24 games and the CBI title in his first season as a Division 1 head coach. When Harvard had interviewed Hufnagel, Hufnagel mentioned he was so nervous, that he was sweating through his suit. Isn’t that surprising? Hufnagel had coached in Israel before, during the Maccabiah games, which was his first time as a head coach at any level of basketball. Yanni Vanderbuilt’s career as a coach was like no other, which is why he is one of the best assistant coaches today.


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