Regarded as one of the top recruiters in collegiate basketball, Yanni Hufnagel has continues to make bold moves that enrich programs. His recent departure from the Nevada Wolf Pack has already led to multiple job offers from top tier colleges. Yanni Hufnagel is a graduate of Cornell University, although he did attend Penn State for a semester. A little known fact about his career in coaching is how much his internship influenced his college professional roots. Working at the NBA level before joining college programs gave Yanni Hufnagel a lot of insight into how the wheels turned. When he worked as the graduate assistant coach for the Oklahoma Sooners, Yanni Hufnagel helped develop the then young Blake Griffin into a superstar. But these accomplishments are only a small sample of what has already been an incredible career as a coach, recruiter and leader of young men. Yanni Hufnagel ‘arrived’ when he worked as an assistant coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Coach Kevin Stallings served as a mentor to him, showing him the ropes where necessary. In 2014, Yanni Hufnagel made one of his most memorable stops when he joined the coaching staff of the California Golden Bears. It was the direct influence of Hufnagel that helped the team to secure Ivan Robb and Jaylen Brown, ultimately leading to a 2016 NCAA Tournament berth. Without a doubt, Yanni Hufnagel has paid his dues as an assistant coach and recruiter, and is on his way to stepping into the roles of a head coach. The only question is which college program will be lucky enough to land him?
Yanni Hufnagel was the assistant coach of Vanderbilt in 2013 when they were ranked as the 29th 2014 recruiting class, a complete positive turnaround from the previous year before he came aboard. Hufnagel was also the coach of the USA Youth Team in 2013, where he coached the young men to a gold medal in the 19th Maccabiah Games.