Yanni Hufnagel is a Cornell graduate with Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations. He went on to earn his Master’s of Education in Oklahoma with a specialization in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration in 2010. Hufnagel worked a summer with the New Jersey Nets as a basketball operations intern. In this position, he helped the front office in preparation for the NBA draft. Yanni Hufnagel served as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. He organized the recruiting database for the team, conducted individual workouts, and helped coaching staff during practices.
After his time at the University Of Oklahoma Yanni Hufnagel joined Harvard University as their recruiting coordinator. In this position he was responsible for developing perimeter players and scouting. During Hufnagel’s first season at Harvard, the basketball team went on to finish their season 21-8, a record for their program. The remaining seasons Hufnagel spent at Harvard were just as impressive, finishing the 2010-11 season with 23-7 and the 2012-13 season going 20-10 overall. During the last three seasons, Hufnagel was at Harvard, the team won the Ivy League title. In the 2012-12 basketball season, CBS Sports named Yanni Hufnagel as one of their “Dream Team” assistance coaches in college basketball. While serving his team and leading them to victory Hufnagel also served his community as an active member of the Boston-based Youth With Disabilities, where he worked in their Mentor Match program.
In 2013 Hufnagel left Harvard University, joining the staff at Vanderbilt. His successes continued to add up, leading Vanderbilt to land a top 30 recruiting pick. Yanni Hufnagel has also participated in the prestigious Villa 7, a conference that brings together top university athletic directors and elite assistant basketball coaches. After Vanderbilt, Yanni Hufnagel went on to coach at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 and served as an assistant coach for the University Of Nevada, Reno in 2016.