Yanni Hufnagel Joins Vanderbilt’s Coaching Staff After 4 Winning Seasons at Harvard

After spending 4 winning seasons as part of the Harvard University men’s basketball team coaching staff, Yanni Hufnagel left the Crimson to join the Commodores at Vanderbilt University in 2013. While Yanni Hufnagel was with Harvard’s Crimson, he held the position of recruiting coordinator. In this position, he was also responsible for scouting opponents as well as developing their perimeter players.


While with the Crimson, Harvard University’s men’s basketball team saw 4 seasons with at least 20 wins each. Additionally, the Crimson placed very well during the NCAA tournaments for the last 3 years of Yanni Hufnagel being with the team. He helped lead them to win the Ivy League title in each of these seasons. These Ivy League title seasons took place from 2011 to 2013.


When Yanni Hufnagel joined Vanderbilt, his successful career in coaching continued. In 2014, the Commodores were named as a Rivals and ESPN top 30 recruiting class. Yanni Hufnagel was also invited to help in the preparation of future college basketball leaders that year after becoming part of the Villa 7. The Villa 7 is a conference that is sponsored by Nike and is seen as a prestigious event in college sports.


Upon joining Vanderbilt University as the assistant coach, Coach Stallings expressed excitement about bringing his talent and hard work ethic to the Commodores. Yanni Hufnagel was just as excited and honored to be joining such an accomplished staff with who he considers being one of college basketball’s best coaches. He looked forward to working with the members of the Vanderbilt University team and recruiting more players that would help the Commodores on their road to victory.


Before joining Harvard University, Yanni Hufnagel served as the graduate assistant for the University of Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team. He is a graduate of Cornell University earning an Industrial and Labor Relations bachelor’s of science in 2006.