After leaving Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel went to Nashville to join the Vanderbilt coaching staff in 2013. He was Crimson’s recruiting coordinator who took care of perimeter player development and opponent scouting. Crimson had four seasons with 20 wins and won the Ivy League title for three years.
In 2014, the Commodores had a top 30 recruiting class and were invited to Villa 7 with Hufnagel’s help. Stallings said Yanni was a superb coach and recruiter with a great work ethic. Crimson had a 21-8 record the first year he was there. Harvard had a 10-4 record and a spot in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament his first season there. His next season there, Harvard went 23-7 and had a 12-2 record in Ivy games. Harvard gained a spot in the NIT and had four players who earned All-Ivy selections. Harvard won the Ivy League Title again in the 2011-12 season and earned an NCAA tournament berth. Their record was 12-2 in conference play and they won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. They gained their first national ranking in history. Their 2012-2013 season was the fourth one with 20 wins. They obtained the Ivy League crown for the third time in a row and they went to the NCAA tournament to win their first postseason victory. Harvard’s overall record was 90-30 during Hufnagel’s time there.
Harvard’s 2012 recruiting class was in the Top 10 non-BCS. CBS named Hufnagel one of the “Dream Team” college basketball assistant coaches. He was a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma before going to Harvard. The Sooners won 53 games and went to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight. Hufnagel worked with Blake Griffin who was named the 2010-11 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year.
Hufnagel obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in 2016. In 2010, he obtained his Master’s of Education at Oklahoma. He worked with the New Jersey Nets as a basketball operations intern. He was a special assistant to Lawrence Frank. He was a mentor in Partners for Youth with Disabilities’ Mentor Match program.