The coaches that survive in college basketball usually are great at doing multiple things. A college coach must be able to recruit, motivate players and run a clean program. While many coaches struggle to have success in this profession, there are a several who have found a way to succeed in the profession. Yanni Hufnagel is one of those coaches. Hufnagel has built an incredible resume in a short time. He has proven he has the ability to develop players
Yanni Hufnagel began his career at Oklahoma University. Working as a graduate assistant at the time, he was given the opportunity to work alongside the mens basketball team. Hufnagel took advantage of this opportunity. He worked very hard and quickly gained a reputation as an excellent recruiter and player developer. One of the players he gets credit for working with during this time is current NBA All-Star Blake Griffin. Hufnagel was well on his way to success.
Recruiting success continued at Hufnagel’s next stop Harvard University. It was here that Yanni hooked up with Tommy Amaker. The two coaches worked hard to build a program that made the NCAA tournament on more than one occasion. During his time at Harvard Hufnagel had the chance to help develop both Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin. People in the sports world were beginning to take notice of his talents.
There were multiple stops for Yanni after Harvard including California University and Vanderbilt. Hufnagel continued to help recruit great players and establish himself as an excellent player developer. These players include the likes of Jaylen Brown, Matthew-Fisher-Davis and Ivan Rabb. With the success he has had and the incredible resume he has built, it should be merely a matter of time before Yanni Hufnagel is a head coach at a major division one college.