Any athlete will tell you that the coach is an integral part of their team’s success. The right coach can lead a team to championships and inspire players to follow their dreams. One such coach is doing just that at the University of Nevada.
Since April of 2016, Yanni Hufnagel has been the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Nevada. At only 32 years old, this is just the latest endeavor in what has been a long career in coaching for Yanni Hufnagel. Hufnagel held his first position as an assitant basketball coach at Harvard in 2009. In 2013 he was appointed to coach the Team USA Youth Team at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel. He followed this with a position in the Vanderbilt Commodores coaching staff, where ESPN credited him with helping Vanderbilt earn 29th place in the 2014 recruiting class. Hufnagel followed this acheivement by joining the Golden Bears coaching staff at the University of California, Berkeley.
Yanni Hufnagel’s transition to coaching the University of Nevada men’s basketball “Wolf Pack” was met with much anticipation. With Hufnagel’s extensive coaching career, he has been seen as a valuable asset to the University of Nevada. Since joining the coaching staff in 2016, the men’s basketball team has gone on to be the conference regular season champions and the conference tournament champions. They also appeared in the 2017 NCAA tournament.
A coach can really make or break an athletic team, and Hufnagel has proved that he is a great coach to have. Having accomplished so much at such a young age, it is clear that Yanni Hugnagel will only continue to succeed in his coaching career.
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