Yanni Hufnagel has worked as an assistant coach for a very long time. As an assistant coach, he has helped his teams to soar higher. Born and raised in Scarsdale, New York though a Hebrew by origin, Yanni Hufnagel was regarded as among the top recruiters in the college basketballs.
Yanni Hufnagel’s Bio
He is a son to Thierry Hufnagel. He was born in 1982 and raised in the region of Scarsdale, New York.
He developed the passion for basketball from his tender age, and when he joined Scarsdale high school, he took basketball up together with Alec his younger brother. After some time, he became the team captain. After leaving the team, he became the commentator for the same team on local access cable TV.
While at the State University of Pennsylvania, he defended for the Lacrosse team. He successfully completed his bachelor’s degree at the prestigious Cornell University after transferring from Pennsylvania University.
He did his internship at the New Jersey Nets and then proceeded to Oklahoma University. He now began serving as an assistant coach at this university in the Sooners men’s basketball team. It was during his tenure at Oklahoma that he was credited to have helped Blake Griffin develop. He, later on, attained his master’s degree in higher Education majoring in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration
Yanni Hufnagel’s coaching career
He began as an assistant coach at the Oklahoma University and developed his love for basketball to the other teams and colleges.
He was taken on board as the Harvard Crimson men’s basketball assistant coach in 2009. He worked as a recruiter and assistant coach to Tommy Amaker. He was regarded as the one to make significant changes in the recruitment owing to his great ability in the field. The CBS sports college named him the dream team before he was ranked as the top in the recruitment of players. His tenure at Harvard saw the team change from position 90 – 30.
Yanni Hufnagel at Vanderbilt
Kevin Stalling took Yanni Hufnagel on as his assistant coach at the venderbit Commodores in 2013. He helped the team to land position 29 in the 2014 recruiting class. The ESP recognized the efforts. He only worked here for one year.
He played major roles by convincing champions Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown to join California Golden Bears. They led the team to NCAA tournament berth in 2016. He worked here before resigning to avoid the blackmail by a female reporter.
He later accepted to be an assistant coach for the Nevada university team, Wolf Pack men’s basketball team. MarcJohnson, the president of UNR, strongly supported his recruitment. He left the team after taking it up to NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in2017.