Succeeded in the world of college coaching is no easy challenge. Every year coaches are fired for not meeting expectations. To survive in the coaching world one must be able to coach, recruit and develop talent. Yanni Hufnagel has demonstrated this ability over time. During several stops throughout his career, Hufnagel has built a reputation for being an incredible recruiter and player developer.
Hufnagel’s beginnings date back to New York. He worked as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma University and eventually got his start in coaching. It was during this time that Hufnagel really began to develop his skillset. He is well known for his work with future NBA All-Star Blake Griffin. Hufnagel displayed a unique ability to develop young talent during this time.
A few years later Hufnagel would take his talents to Harvard University. At Harvard Hufnagel’s talents shined even more. Hufnagel is credited for helping to recruit and develop to well known players in Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin. Harvard’s basketball program really began to take off thanks to Hufnagel and head coach Tommy Amaker. Harvard even made multiple NCAA tournament appearances during this time. Well known people in the coaching world began to take notice.
After leaving Harvard, other stops for Hufnagel included California University and Vanderbilt University. During this time he worked with great coaches like Kevin Stallings and Cuonzo Martin. During this time he had a role in recruiting and developing great young talent including Matthew Fisher-Davis, Wade Baldwin IV , Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown. Over the years Hufnagel has developed an incredible reputation and built an excellent resume. It appears to be only a matter of time before he is he is head coach of his own team.