Surviving in the world of college coaching appears to be tougher than ever. Every year it seems there are more and more talented coaches who are fired because they do not meet the expectations of their fan base. College coaches not only need to win games, they must do so while getting the best recruits, maintaining a clean program and working almost year round. Yanni Hufnagel is one of a number of rising coaches who is proving he has what it takes to meet these high demands. Hufnagel has built an impressive resume and appears destined to find himself as a college head coach soon.
Yanni Hufnagel grew up in Scarsdale, New York. He developed a passion for basketball at a very young age. He played throughout his school years until he was cut from his high school team. It was at that time he began to focus on other aspects of the sport. He eventually found himself working as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma. Yanni quickly discovered he had a talent for developing young talent. During his work with the Sooners, Yanni was credited for helping to develop Blake Griffin, a current NBA All-Star and a good college basketball player.
Hufnagel’s career continued to thrive after his stay at Oklahoma. Yanni soon began working at Harvard University. During this time he worked along side Tommy Amaker. The duo helped to revive the Harvard basketball program taking it to multiple NCAA tournament appearances. Hufnagel continued to demonstrate his ability to develop talent and also increased his reputation as a great recruiter. During this time he played a great role in the recruitment and development of great players like Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin.
Yanni Hufnagel continued to excel at other stops including at the University of California, Vanderbilt and the University of Nevada. He continues to flourish as a recruiter and player developer. With such talent it should be a matter of time before he is the head coach at a major program.