Yanni Hufnagel has built quite a career as a college basketball coach. In just a short time he has had the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches and players in the game. Hufnagel has built a reputation as an incredible recruiter who has a great eye for talent.
Yanni Hufnagel is a native of Scarsdale, New York to his parents Joni and Thierry Hufnagel. As a student at Scarscale High School, Hufnagel participated in multiple sports including lacrosse and basketball. After being cut from his high school basketball team Hufnagel began focusing on color commentating for a local TV station.
After high school Hufnagel attended Pennsylvania State University where he continued to play lacrosse. He eventually went on to attend Cornell University where he earned a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. His passion for sports would soon take over however and he would begin his work in the coaching world.
Yanni Hufnagel’s coaching career began at Oklahoma University. Working as a graduate assistant Hufnagel got the opportunity to work with the mens college basketball team. He showed that he had a great eye for talent. It was during this time that he became known as the person who helped to develop Blake Griffin, a player who would go on to become an NBA All Star.
During his career Yanni would go on to work for a number of successful college programs. He had the opportunity to work as an assistant at Vanderbilt University, California University and Harvard. During this time he worked with very well known head coaches which included Cuonzo Martin, Kevin Stallings and Tommy Amaker. During this time Hufnagel was responsible for recruiting and developing a number of great players including Ivan Rabb, Wesley Saunders, Jeremy Lin and Jaylen Brown. Many of these players have gone on to play professionally.
Yanni Hufnagel knows what it takes to find and develop great talent. He has been an asset to many college basketball programs.