Succeeding as a college basketball coach is dependent on being good in several areas.
Coaches must be able to keep a scandal free program, recruit good players and win plenty of games in order to stay employed for any length of time. Yanni Hufnagel has shown that he has the ability to recruit and develop players. He has had success at multiple schools and appears prime to become a head coach in the near future.
Hufnagel’s start came in New York. It was there that he grew to love the sport of basketball. He would eventually find his way into coaching after a brief playing career. While still in school as a graduate assistant he began working with Oklahoma University’s basketball team. Yanni was beginning to become recognized for his ability to work with and develop players. In particular he gained a lot of attention for his work with Blake Griffin, a future NBA star.
Yanni Hufnagel’s talents were really beginning to be noticed. He would next become an assistant at Harvard University. Working with head coach Tommy Amaker, Hufnagel help lead a program that went to back to back NCAA tournaments. Furthermore Hufnagel played an important role in the development of some future professional players including Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin. Other coaches and college basketball analysts were beginning to take note of Hufnagel’s ability to relate to players.
Future stops for Hufnagel would include Vanderbilt, California University and Nevada. Yanni was responsible for two really big recruiting classes during this time. At Vanderbilt he was responsible for the the 29th-ranked 2014 recruiting class, which included Matthew Fisher-Davis. At California he teamed up with Cuonzo Martin to secure a class that contained two five star prospects.
Currently at Nevada University, Yanni Hufnagel continues to display his recruiting and development talents. He is well on his way to one day being a head coach himself.
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