Yanni Hufnagel has carved out a nice career for himself in the world of college basketball coaching. His greatest strength and accomplishments are likely as a recruiter. He has an ability to connect with college prospects who might be on the fence. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious and help him land top recruits. He’s demonstrated successful recruiting at each destination of his coaching career.
He started his coaching career at the University of Oklahoma as a graduate assistant where he spent time on the court with Blake Griffin. Hufnagel is credited with helping him develop at the college level. Next was Harvard, where he served under Tommy Amaker as an assistant coach and a top-level recruiter. It was here that he stood out for his ability and was named to a dream team of assistant coaches by CBS Sports before the 2012-13 season. After Harvard, he spent one season at Vanderbilt where he again helped land some top players. ESPN took note, ranking their class among the nation’s top thirty.
Yanni Hufnagel grew up in Scarsdale, NY. Hufnagel as a child had a great interest in sports, but basketball was his favorite. He spent hours reading books on basketball coaching and was considered way above his peers in knowledge of the game. He would use figurines to help him diagram plays learned from the books. He was also a color commentator for his high school basketball team on the local public access station. His great passion and energy for basketball have taken him on the journey to success.