Yanni Hufnagel joined the coaching staff for the Vanderbilt Commodores as an assistant coach, recruiter and scout. Hufnagel brings years of basketball coaching and talent scouting to the Commodores and was heartily welcomed to the team by Coach Stallings.
Hufnagel graduated from Cornell with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Labor and Relations in 2006 before going to Oklahoma State and getting his Master’s of Education degree with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. He quickly found an internship with the then-New Jersey, now Brooklyn Nets where he helped the front office prepare for the NBA draft that year.
He then became a graduate assistant to the men’s basketball team back at Oklahoma. In this position he overhauled the college’s recruitment database and helped the team as a workout coach and assisted the regular coaching staff.
After Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel moved to Harvard and was an assistant coach and recruiter beginning in their 2010-2011 season. During this season with Yanni Hufnagel as coach the Harvard Crimson set a program record-setting season. Throughout his tenure through the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 season they got steadily better, always turning in 20+ win seasons.
In his role as recruiter for Harvard Hufnagel and the recruiting department got numerous awards and recognition for their keen eye for talent. CBS Sports and ESPN in particular covered his role as a talent recruiter and CBS Sports named him to their “dream team” for coaches in 2011.
Hufnagel seems happy to be joining Vanderbilt, appreciating the University’s family-oriented culture and looking forward to working on the court with the players and getting on the recruitment trail to find new talent. Hufnagel’s eye for talent is a proven one: He has recruited and coached Jeremy Lin of the Atlanta Hawks at Harvard, and Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma.