Yann Hufnagel is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Golden Bears in 2015-16.
In his first year in Berkeley, he worked with one of the top backcourts in the Pac-12, highlighted by first-team All-Pac-12 and Bob Cousy Award finalist Tyrone Wallace, the only player to rank among the top five in the conference in scoring, rebounding and assists.
Hufnagel came to Cal prior to the 2014-15 campaign, following a season at Vanderbilt where he served as an assistant coach under Kevin Stallings. He landed a nationally-ranked freshman class as the Commodores’ recruiting coordinator in 2014.
Prior to his time in Nashville, Hufnagel served four seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard where he helped lead the Crimson to the postseason each year. During the four years he was in Boston, Harvard posted at least 20 wins each season, recorded a 90-30 four-year mark, and captured three-consecutive Ivy League titles. He helped lead Harvard to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1946 in 2012. The 2013 Harvard squad advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament when the 14th-seeded Crimson upended third-seeded New Mexico for the program’s first-ever postseason victory.
In Hufnagel’s third season at Harvard in 2011-12, the Crimson posted a school-record 26 victories, earning the program’s first-ever national ranking. The Crimson ascended as high as No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press poll.
Hufnagel served as Harvard’s recruiting coordinator where he was lauded for bringing in several highly-rated recruiting classes. CBS Sports recognized Hufnagel as "one of the most relentless and energetic recruiters in the game,” in its 2012-13 College Basketball Preview, while naming him one of their nine "Dream Team" assistant coaches in college basketball.
He was also noted for the development of the Crimson’s guards into All-Ivy League selections. Jeremy Lin, now a member of the Charlotte Hornets, was a 2010 first-team all-conference pick. Wesley Saunders, now a member of the New York Knicks, was an All-Ivy League selection in 2013, later developing into the conference Player of the Year. Siyani Chambers was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2013.
From 2007-09, Hufnagel was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, where he helped conduct individual workouts, assisted the coaching staff during practice and organized all on-campus recruiting visits. In his two years at Oklahoma, the Sooners won 53 games and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2009.
With the Sooners, Hufnagel assisted in the development of Blake Griffin, the first overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin was named the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year and appeared in his fifth consecutive All-Star game in 2014-15.
Hufnagel has experience at the NBA level, serving an internship in basketball operations with the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets) where he assisted the front office in preparation for the draft.
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.