Today’s collee basketball coach has to be good in several areas in order to succeed. Outside of winning games, coaches are expected to recruit the best players and keep the program away from any scandal. Even some of the best coaches struggle to maintain these high expectations. Yanni Hufnagel has shown a unique ability to recruit the best players and develop them. He is responsible for a number of players who have played at a high level both in high school and college. Hufnagel’s future in coaching appears very bright.
Scarsdale, New York is the place where Hufnagel spent most of his youth. After high school he quickly became interested in coaching. Still in school at Oklahoma University, Hufnagel began working with the programs basketball team. Even with such little experience, it was obvious he was quite talented. One of college basketball’s best players at that time, Blake Griffin, worked with Hufnagel. Hufnagel is given lots of credit for the growth of Griffin’s game. It was just the first sign of his talent.
Harvard University was Hufnagel’s next stop. During his tenure there, the school made the NCAA tournament both in 2012 and 2013. Hufnagel worked with future NBA player Jeremy Lin and is credit with much of his development. He also paired up with Wesley Saunders and is given credit for his development while at Harvard. Things were really beginning to take off for the young coach. Other coaches and college basketball analysts were beginning to take notice.
In the years to come Yanni Hufnagel would work at a number of other schools including California University and his current school Nevada. Throughout this time he had the opportunity to help in the recruiting of players like Matthew Fisher-Davis, Wade Baldwin IV and Jaylen Brown. Currently Hufnagel works as an assistant with Nevada University. It’s hard to imagine not becoming a head coach in the near future. He clearly has a talent for recruiting and relating to players.