Yanni Hufnagel is the assistant coach at the University at Nevada and is a very bright up and coming basketball coach. He is a thirty year old jewish man which puts him into the minority in the sport of basketball. There are not many division one baskeball players and there are only thirty basketball coaches that identify as being jewish. Hufnagel stands out among his peers because he is one of the most succesful jewish basketball coaches as of right now. He has helped to develop many NBA players and even an NBA superstar. He helped to develop Jeremy Lin at Harvard and future NBA all star Blake Griffin at the University of Oklahoma. According to sportsgossip.com, Hufnagel in the basketball community is known as an up and coming young coach in the basketball world and is believed to have an extremely bright future and career in coaching.
Yanni Hufnagel grew up in New York and played lacrosse all throughout high school. He went on to play college lacrosse as a defensemen for Pennsylvania State University. He then went on and got a bachelor’s degree in science from Cornell University. His coaching career began as an internship for the New Jersey Nets over a summer. Soon after he was then given an assistant job at the University of Oklahoma where he helped to coach Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin. A couple of years after Oklahoma he accepted a job at Harvard University where he coached future NBA guard Jeremy Lin and helped lead Harvard to their first Ivy League Championship in its school history. Hufnagel currently is an assistant coach and recruiter for Nevada University where he helped to get Nevada’s basketball recruiting class in the top thirty in the country. The young assistant coach and recruiter’s future is very bright and may one day be able to have a head coach position at a division one school.