Being a coach in today’s college basketball world can be very demanding. Coaches are expected to do much more than coach. They must recruit, graduate players and maintain a clean program on top of the pressure of winning. Many coaches fall short to this pressure. Yanni Hufnagel has shown he has just what it takes to succeed in this world. Already holding a great resume, Hufnagel appears prime to become a head coach in the near future.
Hufnagel was born in New York where his love for basketball began. He tried to make it as a player but was cut from his high school team. After a stint in commentating, he focused his efforts on coaching. His entry into coaching came when he worked at Oklahoma University as a graduate assistant. Hufnagel quickly showed his talents by working with and helping to develop current NBA all=star Blake Griffin. Hufnagel’s talents were on display but this was only the beginning.
After Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel would began working with Tommy Amaker at Harvard University. His work was instrumental in Harvard making several appearances in the NCAA tournament during his time. His ability to recruit became really obvious and even praised by personalities like Seth Greenberg of ESPN. Hufnagel worked with a number of future professional players while at Harvard including, Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin.
There would be other successful stops after Harvard. Hufnagel worked at Vanderbilt University with Kevin Stallings. He also would later partner with Cuonzo Martin at California University. He would be instrumental in recruiting a number of top prospects at these two schools. His reputation as a good recruiter and player developer would continue to flourish. With such an incredible resume, Yanni Hufnagel appears prime for a head coaching job in college basketball. His success in the past is a good indicator of his potential future.