Coach Hufnagel Says Goodbye to the Wolfpack After a Great Year.
After a one-year stint as an assistant coach for the University of Nevada, Reno, Coach Yanni Hufnagel will try to build on his success as one the hottest young coaches in college basketball.
Coach Hufnagel’s 2016-2017 season with the Wolfpack was the latest in a career that has spanned the country. After graduating from Cornell in 2006, Hufnagel work as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. In 2009, Coach Hufnagel got his break being hired as an assistant coach under Tommy Amaker at Harvard. During his four-year stint with the Crimson, he saw the team go 79-24. Coach Hufnagel was recognized as a key recruiter for Harvard, signing Zena Edosomwan, a 6-foot-9 recruit ranked as a top-100 high school player in the country in 2012. Coach Hufnagel followed up his success at Harvard taking a position at Vanderbilt University. He helped to land the Commodore’s 2013 recruiting class that was ranked 29th in the country. The next year, he took a position with the University of California Golden Bears in Berkeley where he was the team’s chief recruiter for two years. In 2016, he took a similar position at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Coach Hufnagel also got an opportunity as a head coach in the summer of 2013. For two weeks in July, Hufnagel coached the Maccabi USA’s under-18 boys’ team during the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel. While not what you would have called a Dream Team, this in no way curb Hufnagel’s usually enthusiasm for any task he takes on. “I think I’ve got the best Jewish kids in the country who are under the age of 18,” he said. Turned out that the coach wasn’t far off the mark as he led the team to a gold medal championship that year in Israel.