Basketball: Hufnagel hiring official

Coach Cuonzo Martin’s staff is officially complete after the announcement that Yanni Hufnagel is on board.

Hufnagel’s hiring was first reported more than a week ago.

He comes to Berkeley after a one-year stint at Vanderbilt, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Kevin Stallings. Previously, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard.

“Yanni’s strong passion for the game has correlated to success wherever he has been,” Martin said. “We share the same goal in developing champions on the basketball court, in the class room and in the community. I am thrilled for the opportunity to have Yanni join the staff here at Cal.”

CBS Sports recognized Hufnagel as “one of the most relentless and energetic recruiters in the game,” in their 2012-13 College Basketball Preview, while naming him one of their nine “Dream Team” assistant coaches in college basketball.

Hufnagel has worked with such players as Jeremy Lin (Harvard) and Blake Griffin (Oklahoma). He also served an internship in basketball operations with the New Jersey Nets.

Hufnagel earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2006 and a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration at Oklahoma in 2010.

Jeff Faraudo

  • BlakeStreetBear

    There is a 16 year-old kid that I’ve coached here in Yolo County and he plays on the Oakland Soldiers, believe it or not. He refs in a rec league up here and he says Rabb is going to Kentucky, no doubt. Maybe, just maybe Yanni can have something to say about that? please?
    Go Bears!