Yanni Hufnagel- Recruiter and Player Developer
Surviving the world of college coaching can be quite the challenge. Today college coaches are expected to do a number of things including recruiting, graduating players, maintaining a clean program. All of this comes with the assumption that the coach is winning. Many coaches struggle in this world. Yanni Hufnagel is a coached who has not only survived but also thrived. He has built a reputation as an excellent recruiter and player developer.
Hufnagel is a native of New York. It was there that he grew to love the sport of basketball. He quickly realized he would not make a career out of playing and turned to coaching. His first real opportunity came as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma University. While at Oklahoma, Hufnagel played a major role in the development of current NBA All-Star Blake Griffin. It was the beginning of a list of future professional players that Hufnagel would work with. After finishing his education at Oklahoma, he would move to bigger opportunities.
The next stop for Yanni was as an assistant at Harvard University. Working under former Duke star Tommy Amaker, Hufnagel would have a major impact on Harvard’s basketball program. He played a major role in recruiting and developing two future professional players, Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. Word was beginning to spread about Yanni’s recruiting abilities. Furthermore Harvard made multiple appearances to the NCAA tournament.
After Harvard, Hufnagel would have stops at Vanderbilt, California and his current location Nevada University. During these stops he would work with well known coaches like Kevin Stallings and Cuonzo Martin. While at California, Hufnagel helped Cuonzo Martin to secure one of the best recruiting classes in the nation in 2015. The class included two five star prospects Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb. Brown is currently in the NBA as a rising star with the Boston Celtics. Rabb is expected to be drafted this June.
Yanni Hufnagel has built a great reputation as a recruiter and player developer. With such a track record it appears only a matter of time before he is a head coach at a program.