Listening to Your Dreams: How Yanni Hufnagel Became An Assistant Coacher

It is definitely not easy to become a great athlete, but it is much harder to coach a team of athletes.

Yanni Hufnagel is an American coach for basketball athletes looking to evolve and become better at their sport. He is the assistant coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team, along with Eric Musselman. But this is not the only group that comprises the career of Yanni as an assistant: He has already coached and helped train three other teams: The California Golden Bears, the Harvard Crimson, and The Vanderbilt Commodores.

Raised in New York where he was born, Yanni learned the definition of dedication since the earliest days of his life. He knew that his achievements would come from his success and his efforts in pursuing his goals.

Yanni got has also worked in the sports industry as a commentator for a small period in a TV channel that broadcasted games with live commentaries. Yanni knew that he wanted to be more involved with the sport though, but he was unable to stay in the basketball team of from Scarsdale School, where he attended his High School.

Later, he would join the Pennsylvania State University and stayed there for one year before he got transferred to Cornell University. The process occurred because his lacrosse team, at the time, something that Yanni was learning to see if he would want to pursue, was transferred to the other University and he went with the team.

It was in that University that he got his degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, even though he meant to pursue the career of sports. And he achieved it, in 2009, when he got a position as the assistant coach of Tommy Amaker. This would begin a chain of occupations that Yanni could not have foreseen. He would soon join the Vanderbilt Commodores four years later, the Golden Bears one year after that, and finally; his coaching position in April 2016.