Former Basketball Coach Yanni Hufnagel’s Journey and Successes

Yanni Hufnagel is a former basketball coach who taught and trained players in many American universities around the country.

Yanni is best known for his work with Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley, but the coach was involved in other teams as well where he trained basketball players.


Yanni was born on August 26, 1982, New York, in the family of Joni Hufnagel and Thierry Hufnagel, where he learned to play lacrosse with his younger brother and at school. He studied at Scarsdale High School and played at the lacrosse team of the school before becoming the team captain. Yanni Hufnagel also played for the Pennsylvania State University’s lacrosse team before being transferred to Cornell University. There, he graduated from Industrial and Labor Relations.

In his professional journey, Yanni progressed his career in the sports industry and worked as an assistant coach and a recruiter for the teams California Golden Bears, Vanderbilt Commodores, and Harvard Crimson and greatly improved the teams that he worked with.


Yanni Hufnagel possesses a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education with an Emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration.

It wouldn’t take long for Hufnagel to become the assistant coach of a very prominent team. In 2009 he was called to train Harvard Crimson’s basketball program as the associate coach of Tommy Amaker and made a big difference in the training sessions, results and scores of the basketball program of Harvard. As the assistant coach of the team, CBS Sports named him one of the most energetic recruiters and was recognized for his talent and commitment with his players.

Not long after, Yanni Hufnagel became responsible for yet another team: The Vanderbilt Commodores, as the assistant coach of Kevin Stallings. He was credited by the popular sports channel ESPN for his commitment to his team during the 2014 recruiting class.


Yanni Hufnagel also worked as a coach for the University of California, Berkeley and for the University of Nevada, Reno, where he expanded his work as a basketball coach until finally retiring from his profession.


Yanni Hufnagel continues to be featured in many news outlets and blogs as an authority of the subject and a very successful coach.