The Rising Yanni Hufnagel

Yanni Hufnagel is no stranger to the game of basketball. His coaching career started at the University of Oklahoma, where he worked as a graduate assistant for two years, who not only helped coach the men’s basketball team during practices, but also organized workouts and organized the recruiting database. While Hufnagel was there in Oklahoma, the team went on to the NCAA Tournament second round in 2008 and in 2009 they went on to the Elite Eight. From Oklahoma, Hufnagel moved to the Harvard recruiting staff where he had a very successful career. He was primarily responsible for the perimeter player development and opponent scouting. During his first season, the Crimson had a 21-8 record and during his second season they did even better and had a 23-7 record. Harvard eventually went on to have four straight 20 win seasons and even reached the NCAA tournament two seasons in a row. In Hufnagel’s four years at Harvard, he had a successful 90-30 record as a recruiter. He was recognized as a relentless and one of the most energetic recruiters in college basketball by CBS Sports and even named him as one of college basketball’s top nine “Dream Team” assistant coaches. In 2013, after four years at Harvard, Hufnagel joined the coaching staff at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. His success has continued, helping the Commodores get recognized as a top 30 recruiting class. He was also invited to a Nike-sponsored conference called the Villa 7, which is the country’s top assistant basketball coaches coming together to prepare the next generation of leaders in college basketball. Hufnagel is highly regarded by Coach Stallings, head coach of the Commodores, “He is a superb young coach with a tireless work ethic, and is also an outstanding recruiter and evaluator of talent.” What comes next? Possibly a head coaching position? Look for a lot of great things to come from young Yanni Hufnagel.

 

 

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