Yanni Hufnagel has built an impressive career as a basketball coach. He has experience working with a number of major college basketball programs and conferences. Yanni Hufnagel is a native of Scarsdale, New York. It was here he first gained a love for basketball. Hufnagel played on the Scarsdale High School’s varsity basketball team before being cut as a junior. He later became interested in commentating before entering the coaching world.
Yanni Hufnagel is well known for his time serving as a basketball coach at Vanderbilt University. Previously he coached at Harvard University for four years. He has developed a reputation as being an excellent recruiter. He helped the Crimson to multiple twenty win seasons. During this time Hufnagel also helped the team to reach multiple NCAA tournaments while coaching the team’s perimeter players. Hufnagel gained valuable experience working under former Duke star Tommy Amaker.
Yanni Hufnagel’s success continued once he arrived at Vanderbilt. Working under Kevin stallings, Hufnagel helped to recurit one of the nations top recruiting classes his first year. His nationally ranked 2014 class included Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davis. Hufnagel did such a great job he was invited to a conference sponsored by Nike that brought together some of the best assistant basketball coaches and athletic directors that were potential future leaders.
Hufnagel has earned a reputation as a tireless worker and excellent basketball recruiter. During the seasons from 2011- 2013, Hufnagel gained national attention from some of the biggest names in college basketball including ESPN and CBS sports. During each of these seasons he was responsible for recruiting top major top 100 players, many which have gone on to play in the NBA. These recruits include Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb and Blake Griffin. Yanni is committed to working hard and has proven he can land the best players.