Yanni Hufnagel is an assistant coach for the Vanderbilt University men’s basketball team. He started coaching on this team in May 2013. Prior to that, he had been coaching at Harvard University for four seasons. While at Harvard he had been their recruiting coordinator and was in charge of perimeter player development. He scouted opponents as well as high school players.
While Yanni Hufnagel was coaching at Harvard University he had been part of a coaching staff that had four 20-win seasons. For the last three years he was with this team they had won the Ivy League each year. The Harvard Crimson were invited to the NCAA Tournament also during this time, for both the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 seasons.
After he joined Vanderbilt University he led them to acquire one of the top 30 recruiting classes in the nation. Yanni Hufnagel’s success as a recruiter led to him joining the Villa 7. This was a conference put together by Nike which was designed to create the next generation of leaders in the world of college basketball.
The men’s basketball team coach at Vanderbilt, Kevin Stallings, said that Yanni Hufnagel is a fantastic coach who has a sterling work ethic. He also credited him as a tireless recruiter and someone with a great eye for talent. When he joined Vanderbilt, Yanni Hufnagel said that Coach Stallings is one of the best coaches in college basketball and that he was very honored to represent this Ivy League institution.
Earlier in his coaching career, Yanni Hufnagel had coached at the University of Oklahoma. He was a graduate assistant on this university’s men’s basketball team. In this role, he assisted the coaching staff during practices, helped the players do individual workouts, and created their recruiting database. During the two years he was a part of this team it won 53 games and in the 2008-09 seasons, they were in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.