It takes a unique talent to succeed as a college basketball coach. This talent goes far beyond understanding the X’s and O’s of the sport. To be successful a coach needs to be able to recruit and develop players at a high level, and they must be able to do this consistently. Basketball coach Yanni Hufnagel has demonstrated throughout his career that he has the ability to do all of these things. Hufnagel has built a solid reputation and appears destined to be a head coach of his own team in the near future.
Oklahoma University is where Hufnagel got his start. Working as a graduate assistant Hufnagel earned the opportunity to work along side the mens basketball team. It did not take long for people to realize how talented he was. He immediately showed the ability to relate to players well. During his time at Oklahoma he had the opportunity to work with future NBA All-Star Blake Griffin. Hufnagel is credited with playing a major role in Griffin’s development.
Harvard was Yanni’s next stop. At Harvard University Hufnagel continued to show a talent for recruiting and developing talent. Two players that Hufnagel worked with that are well known include Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. Hufnagel helped Harvard to make it to the NCAA tournament in multiple years. The college basketball world really began to take notice of his talent.
After Harvard there were a number of stops for Hufnagel including California University and Vanderbilt University. During these stops he was responsible for recruiting and developing several great players including Ivan Rabb, Jaylen Brown, Matthew Fisher-Davis and Wade Baldwin IV. During these stops he worked with some talent coaches including Kevin Stallings and Cuonzo Martin. His work is respected by many and he should eventually have his own job as a head coach.