Yanni Hufnagel might have the best assistant coaching resume in the country. His work with future NBA players and marquee college basketball coaches may be predictive of his first opportunity as a head coach.
Hufnagel sports an impressive resume despite his young age. The Scarsdale, New York native didn’t make it on his high school basketball team. He elected instead to pursue the art of coaching. He has turned that art into a full time career on the D1 level. Hufnagel has already helped programs like Harvard, Vanderbilt, Nevada and Oklahoma enjoy prosperous seasons.
His talent for recruiting might be what separates him from other similar assistant coaches in the country. He is a well known commodity in the recruiting field. He has already helped players like Jeremy Lin and Blake Griffin develop. He continues to add more impressive recruits to his ever increasing database.
Hufnagel graduated from Cornell. He wasn’t shy about his passion for hoops there spending one season as a team manager. Yanni then left for Oklahoma where he played the role of graduate assistant. His hard work ethic and attention to detail definitely impressed the coaching staff there. He eventually landed his position at Harvard.
It was there that he honed many of his recruiting skills and help lead the Crimson to a first ever Ivy League title. His name pops up when college basketball coaches talk about big time recruiters. He has worked for some of the best college coaches in the business in his short career. Kevin Stallings, Cuonzo Martin and Tommy Amaker have all utilized his skills to find hidden talent across the country.
Hufnagel has an upside that many potential head coaches don’t have. He has the ability to go in home and deliver the best recruits in person. His experience as an assistant coach has been well chronicled and he continues to deliver no matter which situation he steps into.