At 30 years of age, Yanni Hufnagel has already tasted success and has much more coming his way. Do not be mistaken though; he is neither a top rated financial expert nor the most admirable legal professional in the country. The young Yanni works as an assistant basketball coach. The huge success that the Crimson’s experienced during Yanni’s four seasons on the bench earned him a stellar reputation as one of the youngest, yet highly talented coaches in the country. His career in basketball was as good as determined from a tender age, seeing that he was cut from the varsity basketball team during his years in high school. Yanni Hufnagel grew up in Scarsdale, graduated from Cornell, and currently, resides in Boston.


While growing up, lacrosse was his best sport, and after playing for one season at Penn State, he realized he was not good enough. Yanni Hufnagel said that he would fiddle with figurines of basketball players under his comforter, besides reading many coaching books. Yanni called games for the public access television station in his town, just like any other Jewish boy. He even imitated Bill Raftery, a commentator, by shouting the term ‘onions’ after Scarsdale made big shots. Ed Cohen, Yanni’s broadcast partner, confesses that he knew Yanni would achieve tremendous success in the world of basketball. Ed Cohen says that Yanni Hufnagel’s ability to analyze basketball exceeded that of a person of his age. As such, his colleagues always knew that he would earn a living out of it, or become a coach one day. This post by Ben Cohen offers an in-depth description of the Yanni’s career in basketball.


On April 2016, CBS Sports reported that the former California assistant (he worked with California for two seasons) had accepted the offer to become a member of the Wolf Pack coaching staff. Working under the head coach Eric Musselman, Yanni Hufnagel has a wealth of knowledge to offer to Nevada. Besides, California and Harvard, Yanni has also coached at Vanderbilt. Musselman expressed his confidence in Yanni saying that his track record while serving as an assistant coach in three renowned academic institutions speaks for itself.

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