Yanni Hufnagel was once one of the top assistant basketball coaches in the country but he has since fallen by the wayside. So what caused the abrupt end of his career? Well, he began his career as an assistant coach and recruiter at Harvard where he served under head coach, Tommy Amaker, for four years. Whilst serving in this position, he managed to develop a great rapport with numerous student-athletes and he even managed to attract a recruit named Wesley Saunders who was one of the greatest basketball players in the country. In particular, he recalls trying to recruit a senior from Iona Prep named Matt Ryan and they conversed over the phone about the possibility of him coming to play for their team at Harvard.
Although he did eventually end up choosing Notre Dame instead, he did note that he was rather impressed by the charisma that exuded from Yanni Hufnagel. Ryan even claimed that, during the conversation, he correctly predicted the school he would end up attending. He later continued his assistant coaching career at Vanderbilt where he spent the final season of his career. After he completed that season, he received an opportunity to coach for the basketball team at UC Berkley and he was quite surprised by this particular job offer. Although he had met the coach of the golden bears, Cuonzo Martin, they weren’t that well acquainted so he was taken aback by this generous offer.
However, that’s where it all went downhill for him. Yanni Hufnagel hadn’t been coaching at UC Berkley for more than a year when a 24-year-old female reporter filed a complaint against him citing numerous instances of sexual misconduct. Although he denied these allegations, he resigned not long after this scandal broke, claiming his reputation had been damaged irreparably. A year later, he accepted a position at the University of Nevada Reno. Although the president of the team was supportive of him joining their team, he still parted ways with the team just one year later. The cause of his leaving is not clear but, regardless, he’s no longer coaching.