Yanni Hufnagel: A Lesser Known Coach Recruiting Well Known Stars

Yanni Hufnagel is a former college basketball coach, who most recently worked under Coach Erik Musselman with the University of Nevada Wolfpack. Before coaching with the Wolfpack in Reno, Hufnagel also had assistant coaching stops with the California Golden Bears, the Vanderbilt Commodores, and the Harvard Crimson.

Hufnagel’s basketball playing career ended during his junior year at Scarsdale High School in New Jersey when he was cut from the varsity basketball team. He continued playing lacrosse, but also started working as a color commentator for the basketball team that had just cut him on local access cable television.

Yanni began his college career at Penn State University where he played lacrosse for one season before transferring to Cornell to pursue a degree in Industrial and Labor relations. After a summer internship with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, Hufnagel returned to college at the University of Oklahoma where he worked as a graduate assistant with the men’s basketball team and is credited as playing a vital role in the development of eventual six time NBA All Star, Blake Griffin.


Hufnagel received a Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma with an Emphasis on Intercollegiate Athletics Administration in 2010, but had already embarked on a coaching career that saw him serving as an assistant coach for the Harvard Crimson. By 2011, Hufnagel’s incredible recruiting ability was already being noticed and he was named by his peers as the “mid-major assistant coach most likely to make it big” due to that recruiting prowess in a CBS Sports survey. CBS Sports also named him to their “Assistant Coaching Dream Team” before the 2012-2013 season. That recruiting ability helped Harvard land future NBA All Star point guard Jeremy Lin, and it is Hufnagel’s coaching that is often cited when helping Lin’s development.

Hufnagel went on to serve as an assistant for one season at Vanderbilt, helping them secure the 29th ranked recruiting class in 2014. After that season, he joined coach Cuonzo Martin at the University of California, recruiting future stars Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, as well as helping guide the Golden Bears to an NCAA Tournament berth. After a season there, Hufnagel spent one season with the University of Nevada where he again helped his team reach the NCAA Tournament.

The Excitement Of Ski Season

Winter is fast approaching and that means ski season is right around the corner. There are a select group of people who love to ski and cannot wait until the day they can put on their ski suits and hit the slops. The upcoming ski season is proven to be filled with excitement and good memories. This upcoming ski season, many ski enthusiasts will be going to some of the best ski resorts in California and Colorado. When individuals want to go skiing, they desire to find a resort that is fun, relaxing and that has all the amenities they are looking for.

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Andy Wirth is the chief executive officer of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort and Meadow Ski Resorts, located in Olympic Valley, California. Andy Wirth has been in the mountain resort and hotel industry for over 25 years. He began his career in the industry in 1986 and continue working in leadership roles ever since. Andy Wirth won several awards for his work within the industry. He was awarded the chairman outstanding service award, the steamboat springs business leader of the year award and the community five award.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of the largest ski resorts in the United States. This ski resort was the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Squaw Valley Ski Resort merged with Alpine Meadows which resulted in the combination of 6,200 acres and 270 ski trails. Squaw Valley Ski Resort is usually the go to destination for skiers, they attract more than 600,000 guests every to the resorts and the trend will continue for the upcoming ski season.