The Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team has a new assistant coach in top recruiter, Yanni Hufnagel. He joins the staff headed up by Eric Musselman in the Mountain West conference and hopes to make an impact on the team in a positive way. Hufnagel is the former assistant coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores, the California Golden Bears and the Harvard Crimson where he worked under the cloak of scandal after being accused of sexual harassment by a female news reporter.
Raised in Scarsdale, New York Hufnagel is Jewish and was raised alongside his brother Alec. Growing up, he learned and played Lacrosse, eventually moving to basketball in high school. College took hin to attend Cornell University,Penn State and the University of Oklahoma. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education with a special focus on Intercollegiate Atheletics Administration. He was lauded by his peers as being most likely to become a successful basketball coach primarily due to his recruiting skills. Yanni Hufnagel has been credited with helping to shape Blake Griffin’s career.
In 2016, Hufnagel was offered a position by Musselman with the complete support of Marc Johnson, UNR President. Johnson later stated that there was no evidence to support the sexual harassment charge Hufnagel faced a few short years ago and gave the green light for hire by tbe Wolf Pack. While Hufnagel has a bit of a colorful past, he brings a wealth of knowledge of the sport not often seen in someone who is just 35 years old.