Surviving in coaching, specifically college athletics, can be a challenging task. Everyone wants to win and often the first sign of losing is an exit ticket out a program. Yanni Hufnagel is a passionate young coach that has managed to beat the odds. The assistant coach at Harvard University, Yanni Hufnagel has built quite a coaching resume. With stops at the Univeristy California Golden Bears, Vanderbilt Commodores and Harvard Crimson Hufnagel has earned his stripes in the coaching world. Today he is regarded as one of the top recruiters in college basketball.
Hufnagel has realized that to be an assistant coach in college basketball is to be a recruiter. Speaking with writer Ben Z. Cohen he recently shared his thoughts about recruiting and much more. In the article Cohen mentions how Duke assistant Jeff Capel praises Hufnagel as a recruiter. Capel,, said there are two things about Hufnagel that make him one of the best recruiters in the game. Number one is his chutzpah. He’s not afraid to go after a kid who might say no. Number two is he is an excellent salesman. ESPN’s Seth Greenberg even praised him saying “It’s hard not to like Yanni Hufnagel.”
Yanni Hufnagel has worked under Duke graduate Tommy Amaker for more than seven seasons now. With his talent, it is hard to imagine Hufnagel not making it as a head coach at some point. Just a few years ago in 2011, Hufnagel was voted by his peers as the mid-major assistant coach most likely to “make it big time due to his recruiting ability.” He has had a major hand in developing well known players such as Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. Yanni Hufnagel is making his presence felt as a college assistant. Fans should be on the lookout for his name for years to come.