Category: Coach

Yanni Hufnagel – brilliant mind for recruiting and developing players

Yanni Hufnagel is a current assistant basketball coach at Vanderbilt University. He has been a coach for the university since May of 2013. Prior to becoming a coach for the Vanderbilt program, he was a coach at Harvard for 4 years. At Harvard, his main responsibilities were scouting and developing players. Hufnagel was very successful at Harvard where he assisted the team to four-20 win seasons and they were able to win the Ivy League title in the last three seasons. His success at Harvard has transferred over to Vanderbilt as he helped the team recruit highly talented players. Yanni Hufnagel has been praised for his work ethic and his ability to scout talented players to go to the next level. The assistant coach is excited to be working at Vanderbilt and knows the legacy that the University has. With Hufnagel, the Harvard basketball team had a great record for various seasons and they performed well in the playoffs. Other prominent networks such as ESPN, CBS Sports, among others, have seen that the assistant coach made a difference in scouting players and bringing his energy to the team. Before being an assistant for Harvard Hufnagel was at the University of Oklahoma where he served as their graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team. During his time there he conducted workouts, organized databases, and assisted the staff at Oklahoma. The Oklahoma men’s basketball team was successful during his time there. At Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel was able to mentor and develop a big NBA star in the league today in Blake Griffin. Hufnagel has a degree in Science in Industrial and Labor Relations, along with a masters in Education while at Oklahoma. The coach has an impressive resume as he even interned for at the time, the New Jersey Nets, where he assisted them in drafting talent.


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