Rising Assistant Yanni Huffnagel

Today’s college coaches have more demands than ever before. Beyond simply coaching, head coachers are responsible for year round recruiting, graduating players and managing a program. Combine this with the pressure to win and you have a tough year round profession. Yanni Huffnagel has shown they he has what it takes to survive in such a profession. With a strong resume, Huffnagel is destined to become one of the games future leaders.


Yanni Huffnagel was raised in New York. It was there that he gained his love for the sport of basketball. Unable to make his high school team, he put his focus on commentating and eventually focused on coaching. His first real opportunity came as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma University. It was during this time Yanni’s ability to relate to players began to shine. He was instrumental in the development of current NBA star Blake Griffin.


After Oklahoma Huffnagel would move on to other programs where he would continue to showcase his ability. Huffnagel worked beside Tommy Amaker, former Duke star, at Harvard University. Yanni would continue to showcase his abilities at Harvard. He had a major role in recruiting and developing future professional players in Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders. Huffnagel’s work even began receiving praise from notable names around college basketball. These praises came from people like ESPN’s Seth Greenburg and Duke’s Jeff Capel.


After Harvard, Huffnagel would have a couple of other notable stops. He would work with Kevin Stallings at Vanderbilt University and with Cuonzo Martin at California University. At both stops he continued to excel as a recruiter, assistant coach and player developer. Today Huffnagel sits as one of the top assistants in college basketball. His resume has almost guaranteed that he will soon get an opportunity to lead a team as a head coach. Expect to hear much more from him in the near future.