Being a college basketball coach is no easy task. The demands of this job seem to increase every year and include recruiting, coaching, graduating players and managing a program. Many programs find out quickly that there coach just doesn’t have what it takes to last in this profession. Yanni Hufnagel however is not on of those coaches. Having already built a very impressive resume, Hufnagel seems destined for coaching success in the future.
Hufnagel’s roots take him back to Scarsdale, New York where he was raised. He enjoyed basketball as a youth. After being cut from his high school team he decided to begin working as a commentator. Soon after that he was offered a graduate assistant job at Oklahoma University. It was during this time that he helped to develop current L.A. Clipper Blake Griffin. Hufnagel’s skills as a recruiter became more noticed at this time.
Yanni Hufnagel’s next stop would be at Harvard University as an assistant head coach. Under the leadership of former Duke star Tommy Amaker, Hufnagel’s coaching and recruiting skills really began to blossom. He played a vital role in the development of professional players like Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders.
After Harvard, Hufnagel would have a few other stops including the University of California and Vanderbilt. At California, Hufnagel had the opportunity to work with two other future pros in Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb. These two were highly rated recruits that Hufnagel had a major role in recruiting. Hufnagel also had the opportunity to work under head coach Cuonzo Martin. The pair helped lead the Golden Bears to a 2016 NCAA tournament bid.
Yanni Hufnagel has continued to gain attention as hs career has progressed. Seth Greenburg of ESPN and Jeff Capel of Duke are just two of the notable people who have praised Hufnagel’s abilities. With so much experience and success, Yanni Hufnagel is sure to be a future head coach in college basketball.