A college coaches responsibilities usually are year round. Today College basketball coaches have the responsibility of managing a program, recruiting, coaching and graduating players. The job is not all smooth sailing. One young coach who has thrived in this profession, however is Yanni Hufnagel. Hufnagel has built a big reputation as an excellent recruiter while also being noted for his ability to relate to players.
Hufnagel is a native of New York. It was there that he began his love of basketball. After being cut from his High School team, he quickly realized he would not make it as a player. After a stint with commentating, Yanni began working as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma University. It was during this time that he had the opportunity to work with current NBA all star Blake Griffin. Yanni played an important role in developing Blake’s skill during his college time.
After Oklahoma, Hufnagel moved to Harvard where he played an even bigger role. Under the direction of head coach Tommy Amaker, former Duke star, Hufnagel continued to flourish as a coach and recruiter. It was during this time that Yanni had an impact on other well know future pros. This list includes guys like Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. Hufnagel’s work began to get national notoriety at this point. Seth Greenburg, of ESPN and Jeff Capel, duke assistant coach, both had high praise for the young coach.
After Harvard Yanni Hufnagel continued to sharpen his skills. His future stops include the University of Vanderbilt and the University of California Berkley’s basketball teams. During this time he had the experience of working with veteran coaches like Kevin Stallings and Cuonzo Martin. Hufnagel’s work is being admired by more and more people as he continues to build his resume. With his recruiting ability and coaching experience, he is sure to land a head coaching job sooner rather than later.
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