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Yanni Hufnagel Has Worked with Some of the Biggest Stars in College Basketball

by Chris Holden - March 10th, 2019.
Filed under: Successful People.

Yanni Hufnagel has a long history in the world of basketball. From a young age, he played a variety of sports. His parents, Joni and Thierry Hufnagel, raised Yanni and his brother, Alec, in Scarsdale, New York. He played lacrosse in school along with his brother, and he went on to play at the college level for Pennsylvania State University. Yanni later transferred to Cornell where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.

He also played basketball at high school but he was cut from the team. He did not leave the world of basketball, and he began commentating for his high school team, the Raiders, on a local cable TV station. As well as coaching with a variety of team including UNR, UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt, and Harvard he became know for his ability to recruit players to his colleges. Yanni Hufnagel has coached for many different colleges. He started with Oklahoma University, but he then moved to Harvard where he received the highest praise. He was voted most likely to succeed due to his ability to recruit the top players. In his time in college basketball he has worked with many players who would go on to play in the NBA including Blake Griffin and Jeremy Lin.

One of the highlights from Yanni’s career with Harvard was it win over New Mexico in the 2013 NCAA tournament. After his enormous success, he took the role as assistant coach with the Vanderbilt Commodores. His stay at Vanderbilt only lasted one year after which he took on the same role at UC Berkeley. His latest role was at the University of Nevada, Reno. His time in college basketball will be remembered for the many players that he attracted to the colleges and his ability to turn them into NBA players. For more details you can visit


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