In Spring of 2013, Yanni Hufnagel joined the staff of Vanderbilt Univesity after working at Harvard for 4 seasons. While at Harvard University, Yanni Hufnagel acted in the position of recruiting coordinator. In this position, he was responsible for much of the opponent scouting that took place along with aiding in the development of perimeter players. For four seasons, Harvard University saw 20 wins while Yanni Hufnagel was with the team. The Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team were the winners of the Ivy League title in the NCAA Tournament for 2011-12 as well as 2012-13.
After Yanni Hufnagel joined Vanderbilt University, his success continued. In 2014 the Vanderbilt Commodores were named in the top 30 recruiting class by Rivals and ESPN. They were also invited to the Nike-sponsored conference, Villa 7. This conference is considered one of the most prestigious in the United States as it brings the elite of the coaching staff from around the country.
Stallings, the coach of Vanderbilt University, was excited to have Yanni Hufnagel join the team as the assistant coach. He stated that Hufnagel’s work ethic was tireless and his talent for recruiting was impressive, especially for such a young coach. Yanni Hufnagel was just as pleased to become a part of Vanderbilt as he saw Stallings as one of the top coaches in the world when it came to college basketball. With Vanderbilt being such a prestigious school and powerful brand, Yanni Hufnagel stated that he was humbled by the opportunity to be part of an institution that is considered to be one of the best in the world.
During Hufnagel’s time at Harvard, the men’s basketball team managed to set several records for victories. In the 2010-11 season, Harvard became part of the Ancient 8 title and had a player win Ivy League Player of the Year.