Yanni Hufnagel – A College Sports Coach Who Has Worked Behind the Scenes for YearsMarch 11, 2019 - Author: steph
Those who have been involved with college sports in the past few years may have heard of Yanni Hufnagel.
From Penn State to Cornell, and from Harvard to UC Berkeley, Yanni Hufnagel has been through the halls of several institutions as a student and a sports coach.
After graduating high school, Yanni Hufnagel had initially decided to go to Penn State. But fate had other plans, as only after a year of playing lacrosse as a defenseman on the college team, Hufnagel felt that Cornell was a better fit for him.
Keeping this thought in mind, he transferred to Cornell, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the institution in 2006.
From there, Yanni Hufnagel went on to join the New Jersey Nets for a summer internship. Afterwards, he went to join the University of Oklahoma, where he joined the Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team as a graduate assistant coach. During this stint, he was an integral part of the team that helped develop Blake Griffin.
While at the institution, Hufnagel also went on to earn his master’s degree in 2010. During that process, he had already begun the process to kick off his professional career in college sports coaching.
And how that career kicked off, indeed.
Yanni Hufnagel found his first professional coaching job at Harvard in 2009, where he served as the assistant coach and recruiter to the Harvard Crimson men’s basketball program. After earning the team an upset win against New Mexico in 2013 NCAA Division Men’s Basketball Tournament, Hufnagel departed Harvard after four years.
He then went on to join Vanderbilt University as an assistant coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores, which he chose over another job offer to coach Team USA Youth at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel. For more info you can visit hudl.com
The decision proved to be fruitful even if it was brief, since Yanni Hufnagel recruited some star players for the program including Wade Baldwin IV before he left the program after only one season.
Then came Hufnagel’s tenure at UC Berkeley, where he joined the California Golden Bears as an assistant coach and collectively led them to a 2016 NCCA Tournament berth.
In 2016, Yanni Hufnagel joined the University of Nevada, Reno, where he served as an assistant coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team. After seeing the team to the 2017 NCAA Division Men’s Basketball Tournament, Hufnagel left the program.
Hufnagel is currently not associated with any active teams, but those who have studied his career look forward to what he chooses to do next.
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