Yanni Hufnagel: A Perfect Part of the Wolf Pack

When it comes to coaches that have left an impact on college basketball, look no further than Yanni Hufnagel. Hufnagel is the current assistant coach for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack. He has found success at a variety of known programs across the United States including: the California Golden Bears, Vanderbilt Commodores, and Harvard Crimson. He also is regarded as one of the top recruiters in college basketball.


Hufnagel began his athletic career as a recruit to Penn State University, where he played lacrosse for a year before transferring to Cornell University. At Cornell be obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in 2006. After concluding his undergraduate studies, Yanni Hufnagel attended the University of Oklahoma graduate program where he was an assistant coach for the basketball team and was credited to being influential in the progress of Blake Griffin. Later at Harvard, he was voted the assistant coach most likely to make it big. In 2014 with the Golden Bears at Berkley, he helped them gain a berth in the NCAA tournament. Through an unfortunate controversy, Hufnagel left Cal Berkley, but his career was still appreciated, and his demand was high.


In 2016, Hufnagel became the assistant coach of the Wolf Pack. Since his hire, the Wolf Pack have faced success and in 2017 took part in the NCAA tournament (though losing early on). Hufnagel has been lucky to work with a quality team under Eric Musselman. Musselman himself has had success, getting MWC Freshman of the Year Cameron Oliver. The team also managed to win 24 games. The upside is good for the Wolf Pack and Hufnagel, as his expertise will be complimented by LSU assistant Ronald Dupree.