Hard Work and Dedication pay off for Yanni Hufnagel

As a child, Yanni Hufnagel dreamed of becoming a basketball coach. He read books, studied other coaches, and ultimately stayed close to the game in whatever way possible. When he became a student at Cornell University, Yanni Hufnagel joined the college’s basketball team as a student manager. After working hard for his school, Yanni Hufnagel earned an internship with the New Jersey Nets of the NBA. This was the break he needed to show others in the basketball world what he could do. He showed his knowledge of the game, his passion for coaching, and ultimately the skill and intelligence that was needed to coach at even the highest level. After his internship with the Nets, Yanni Hufnagel earned numerous assistant coaching positions in the NCAA prior to landing his current job as an assistant coach for the University of Nevada Wolfpack.



Yanni Hufnagel was never a star basketball player. In fact, he was cut from his High School basketball team as a junior and did not play competitive basketball again. He continued his sports career in Lacrosse and as a commentator for his high school’s basketball team. After attending Penn State for one year as a Lacrosse player, he transferred to Cornell University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. His coaching career includes stints at Harvard where he was named to a CBS dream team of assistant coaches, Vanderbilt, Cal-Berkeley, and finally his current position at Nevada. His future is bright as he continues to work his way up the coaching ranks.


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