The Bright Future of Yanni Hufnagel

Coaching in today’s college world requires wearing a number of hats. Everything from coaching and recruiting to graduating players and working as a spokesman are required for today’s college coaches. While some coaches struggle with these demands there are a select view that have had success. Yanni Hufnagel is one of those coaches. Having had several successful stops along his journey, Hufnagel has built a resume that has him on the doorsteps of a head coaching position.


Born and raised in New York, Hufnagel had a passion for basketball that began at an early age. Unable to make his high school team, he took a chance at commentating before eventually getting into coaching. It was at the University of Oklahoma where he got his introduction, working as a graduate assistant. It was during this time that Hufnagel had a hand in developing current NBA star Blake Griffin. It was from this point that Yanni’s career would began to really take off.


Hufnagel’s next stop would be Harvard University. It was here he had the experience of working under established head coach Tommy Amaker. It was during this time that Yanni’s reputation as a recruiter really began to blossom. He had a big hand in recruiting and developing future professional players like Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. His work was recognized by his peers who voted him mid-major assistant coach most likely to “make it big time due to his recruiting ability.”


Yanni Hufnagel would have several other stops after Harvard. The most notable came at the University of California and Vanderbilt University. During that time he had the

Opportunity to work with a couple more respected coaches in Kevin Stallings and Cuonzo Martin. Hufnagel continues to build an excellent reputation with his ability to recruit and relate to players. He is sure to be a candidate for head coaching job in the future.

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