Previous Coaching Experience
Prior to becoming the Assistant Coach at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee, Coach Yanni Hufnagel received valuable coaching experience at Harvard University. His original position with the Harvard basketball team was as a recruiting coordinator. His player specialty area was in guard development. His position required him to recruit potential basketball players to play for Harvard University. His assistance led Harvard onto 20 win seasons & multiple NCAA tournament appearances. After a few successful seasons at Harvard, Coach Yanni Hufnagel took the assistant coaching position with Vanderbilt.
Continued Success At Vanderbilt
The coaching staff at Vanderbilt is regarded as one of the top coaching teams in the country. Yanni Hufnagel was joining a solid staff with proven success. Yanni was a young motivated coach with a desire to pursue victory. Vanderbilt saw this passion for the sport as a major positive when hiring Coach Hufnagel. Yanni said he was very excited to be joining the Vanderbilt coaching staff.
Personal Life & Basketball
Although basketball consumes a significant amount of Coach Yanni Hufnagel’s life, he finds time on the side to devote to being a mentor. During his time at the prestigious Ivy League University, Harvard, Coach Yanni was lending time and resources as a mentor for Youth With Disabilities program. The Boston based section of the program allowed coach Hufnagel to gain valuable experience as a mentor which he eventually would do in a coaching career. This also a telling sign that Hufnagel is well rounded with diverse experiences which also helps him in becoming a knowledgeable leader. In addition, Coach Hufnagel is well educated. He himself comes from the Ivy League. He graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with a degree in Industrial & Labor Relations. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell, he went on to receive his Masters in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from Oklahoma.