Yanni Hufnagel was born on August 26, 1982 in New York. He grew up in Scarsdale as the son of Joni and Thierry Hufnagel, with his younger brother Eric. He was a Jewish kid who loved basketball in New York. The sport of basketball is huge in New York. He attended Scarsdale High School and played in the boys lacrosse team. He was named the team captain for his leadership skills. Unfortunately, he was cut from the school’s varsity basketball team when he was a junior. His love of the game did not waver and dreamed of being an American college basketball coach. Yanni was accepted to the Pennsylvania State University with a scholarship to play lacrosse. He played defenseman for the school for only one season. He decided to transfer to Cornell University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in 2006. He then interned for the New Jersey Nets for a summer. His love of basketball continued to grow. He accepted a job to color commentate for schools on a cable television channel. This allowed him to observe and study the game more closely. Yanni wanted to continue with his studies and attended the University of Oklahoma. He also served as a graduate assistant coach for the Sooners men’s basketball team. There, he got to work with the future NBA superstar, Blake Griffin. Yanni earned his master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education with an Emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration in 2010. He went on to work as an assistant coach for the Harvard Crimson, Vanderbilt Commodores, and the California Golden Bears. Yanni is regarded as one of the top young recruiters in college basketball. He is currently an assistant coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team under Eric Musselman.