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The Success of Yanni Hufnagel

The world of coaching can be quite challenging. College Basketball coaching in particular has become a year round job. Between recruiting, managing players and actual coaching, college coaches get little to no time off. Yanni Hufnagel has excelled in this world despite these challenges. He has had a successful career that has seen him succeed in a number of places.


Born and raised in Scarsdale, New York, Yanni Hufnagel became interested in basketball at an early age. He quickly learned he was not going to make it as a player, getting cut from his high school team, so he took his stab at commentating. Eventually he would work his way to working as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma University. It was during this time that he worked with current NBA star Blake Griffin.


From there Hufnagel moved on to Harvard University. It was during this time his reputation as a good recruiter really began to grow. Working with form Duke star Tommy Amaker, Hufnagel would work to recruit and develop players like Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. Many people in the national media began praising Hufnagel for his work. These include people like Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel and ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg. These were just two of the people who noticed the connection that Hufnagel had with his players.


Other coaching stops for Hufnagel include Vanderbilt University and the University of California Berkley. He has had the opportunity to work with really good coaches like Kevin Stallings and Cuonzo Martin. Hufnagel has become a very well known name in the coaching world. His talents and recruiting ability are sure to put his name in the conversation for a head coaching position at some point. His recruiting ability makes him just the guy to build a program. He is sure to be heard from for many years to come.