The Career of NCAA Basketball Coach Yanni Hufnagel

Over the past decade, Yanni Hufnagel has developed a legacy as a remarkable assistant coach in NCAA Men’s Basketball. He started his career in 2007 with the Oklahoma City Sooners and remained there as a graduate assistant until 2009. He then moved on to the Harvard Crimson program and worked there as an assistant from 2009 to 2013. After that he was an assistant with the Vanderbilt Commodores from 2013 to 2014, the California Golden Bears from 2014 to 2016, and then he was with the Nevada Wolfpack from 2016 to 2017. Even though he has moved around somewhat, the fact remains he has made his mark at each and every stop he is made. Just consider some of these examples:


He has demonstrated some tremendous recruiting prowess over the years.


After his time as a graduate assistant for the Oklahoma Sooners, it didn’t take long to figure out that Yanni Hufnagel had a remarkable talent when it came to recruiting. The first shining example was in 2012 when Zena Edosomwan decided to commit to Harvard as an incoming freshman. At the time, he described the head coach and assistant coach Hufnagel as being “very supportive” and he actually turned down offers from UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, Texas, and Washington. Zena Edosomwan would go on to be undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft and then would become the founder and CEO of the Unfiltered Network, which profiles college students and college athletes across the country.


Hufnagel repeated his recruiting prowess at his next stop in Vanderbilt.


Although his stay with Vanderbilt was brief, Hufnagel also played an important recruiting role for that university as well. He convinced Riley LaChance, Matthew Fisher-Davis, Wade Baldwin and Jeff Roberson to join the program. He also helped to bring in Cornell transfer Nolan Cressler before he left for California as well.


Questions, Questions


Now that Yanni Hufnagel is taking a year off from his most recent assignment with a Nevada Wolfpack, it all begs the question, what does the future hold for him? Considering his experience and skill-set, whatever it might be there is no question it will be something interesting, appealing and intriguing. Perhaps a head coaching post? Only time will tell.