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Yanni Hufnagel- Developing Players

Being a college coach has become a very challenging. Coaches at the college level are expected to recruit, graduate players and maintain program with no off the court issues. All of this while maintaining a good win/loss record. Many coaches are unable to maintain these standards. Yanni Hufnagel appears to be someone who can. Hufnagel has become known and respected as being a great recruiter and player developer during his time in college basketball. With such a solid track record he seems destined for a head coaching position.


Yanni Hufnagel is from Scarsdale, New York. He has had a love for basketball since a he was very young. He realized his playing days were limited when he was cut from his high school team. Soon after that he began working in broadcasting and eventually got his chance as a coach. His career as a coach began at Oklahoma University. Working as a graduate assistant, it was during this time that Hufnagel played a key role in developing college All-American Blake Griffin. This was just the beginning of Hufnagel’s success with good players.


After Oklahoma Hufnagel moved to Harvard. He worked with head coach and former Duke star Tommy Amaker. Hufnagel’s skills would really began to shine while at Harvard. He helped in the developement of Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin. Both of these players would go on to have success as professionals. Furthermore Harvard’s basketball program had success during this time, reaching the NCAA tournament on multiple occasions.


After Harvard Yanni Hufnagel would work at Vanderbilt, University of California and also Nevada University where he is currently. While with Cuonzo Martin at California, Yanni helped but together one of the top recruiting classes in the country. The class include five star recruit in Jaylen Brown. Also in this class was standout Ivan Rabb. Both of these stars would go on to play professionally.


Yanni Hufnagel has demonstrated a clear ability to recruit and develop good players on the college level. With such a recruiting record it appears Hufnagel is on his way to eventually becoming a college basketball head coach.