The NCAA has grown to massive relative proportions in the sports world. Countless fans tune in to watch their colleges perform. March Madness (The NCAA’s noteworthy playoff format) has also becomes a spectacle of immense magnitude from viewing to betting. Each year, countless fans and amateurs formulate their brackets, with immense prizes in the balance. While many casual sports fans are aware of standings and statistics, the same cannot be said for perhaps the most important part of the team: the coaching and support staff. These intangible administrators stand in the background, yet define the future of the sport.
For this reason, University of Nevada’s recent addition of Yanni Hufnagel is a huge factor for the team. The 30-year-old displayed prowess early on, before starting his significant sporting career. In his young days, he called small-scale games on public access television. Although his friends recall that he was destined for fame. By 2009, he was an integral part of Harvard Crimson’s basketball program, as an assistant coach and recruiter. During this tenure, Hufnagel was selected by his peers (in a CBS survey) as likely to make it to “the big time”. Before the 2012-2013 season, Hufnagel was part of an assistant coaching “dream team” on CBS Sports college basketball coverage.
Eventually Huffnagel made his mark through other prestigious programs including Vanderbilt and UC Berkeley, until he worked his way to Reno, Nevada. Now an assistant coach at the University, Yanni Hufnagel brings his youth and expertise to the team. Led by Eric Musselman, the team is poised to be a true contender in current and upcoming seasons. While only time will tell if Nevada is a champion, it is sure to be enhanced by an assistant coach described as a “high-energy coach and recruiter“.