Some people were born to play the game of basketball and others were born to coach the game of basketball. Yanni Hufnagel falls into the coaching category because of his long and successful career coaching the sport and developing players into the best that they can be. Growing up in New York, Yanni Hufnagel was fascinated by coaching and began to read books by coaches and books about coaching as fast as he could put his hands on them. He even went so far as to act out plays he had orchestrated with action figures of his when he was a little boy. As a teenager, he was interested in calling basketball games for local teams and this only further deepened his love for the game. After a brief stint playing lacrosse at The Pennsylvania State University, Yanni moved full time to working towards coaching basketball. Yanni Hufnagel began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma from 2007 to 2009 and is credited as being on the team of coaches that helped further define and develop now NBA superstar Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers. after this position, Yanni Hufnagel bounced around as an assistant coach for Harvard, Vanderbilt and UC Berkeley before ending up at his current assistant coaching position at the University of Nevada, Reno. At Nevada, Yanni Hufnagel is known as one of the best recruiters in the nation because of his love for, and deep understanding of the game. There is no doubt that someday this basketball coaching prodigy will land a head coaching position of his own.