August 26, 1982|
New York City, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2007–2009||Oklahoma (graduate asst.)|
Hufnagel, son of Joni and Thierry Hufnagel, was raised in Scarsdale, New York and is Jewish. He played lacrosse for the Scarsdale High School Raiders, with his younger brother Alec, and was the team captain. He was cut from Scarsdale High School's varsity basketball team as a junior and then took on a color commentating position for the team's games on a local access cable TV channel.
He attended Pennsylvania State University for one year, where he was a defenseman on the lacrosse team. Hufnagel then transferred to Cornell University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in 2006.
Hufnagel completed a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets, before attending the University of Oklahoma, where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Sooners men's basketball team. While at Oklahoma, Hufnagel was credited with helping develop Blake Griffin. At Oklahoma, Hufnagel earned a master's degree in Adult and Higher Education with an Emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration in 2010.
In June 2009, Hufnagel joined the Harvard Crimson men's basketball program as an assistant coach and recruiter under Tommy Amaker. In 2011, he was voted by his peers in a CBS Sports survey as the mid-major assistant coach most likely to "make it big time due to his recruiting ability." He was named to a CBS Sports college basketball "dream team" of assistant coaches prior to the 2012-13 season and labeled as "one of the most relentless and energetic recruiters in the game." He is also noted for his role in helping to develop Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders at Harvard. In Hufnagel’s four years with Harvard, the school went 90-30 and in his final season, Harvard upset New Mexico in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
In May 2013, Hufnagel joined the Vanderbilt Commodores coaching staff as an assistant coach under Kevin Stallings. He was credited by ESPN with helping Vanderbilt land the 29th-ranked 2014 recruiting class, which included Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davis. After one season, Hufnagel left the program.
University of California, Berkeley
In 2014, Hufnagel joined the California Golden Bears coaching staff, led by Cuonzo Martin. Hufnagel is credited with helping persuade Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb to join the team. The pair helped lead the Golden Bears to a 2016 NCAA Tournament berth.
In 2015, a 24-year-old female reporter who covered the Golden Bears for an online news site (Rivals.com) filed a sexual harassment complaint against Hufnagel, claiming that after she spurned his advances he no longer gave her information and that as a result she lost her job. Hufnagel denied the allegations, which his attorney called a "gross miscarriage of justice." Transcripts of hundreds of texts between the two included the reporter asking to meet with Hufnagel on several occasions, asking if he was texting her because she was so "delightful," asking him if he was on the dating website Tinder, and asking for her "invite." In a blog and YouTube post by the reporter, she wrote: "Due to my lack of any actual basketball acumen, I’ve decided to rely solely upon sex appeal, as women generally do in sports media." He resigned from the position on April 7, 2016, after citing the damage the allegations had done to his reputation.
University of Nevada, Reno
On April 8, 2016, Hufnagel accepted an assistant coaching position with Eric Musselman and the University of Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team. The hire was strongly supported by UNR President, Marc Johnson, who publicly noted that evidence presented by Hufnagel's attorney proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Hufnagel did not sexually harass the reporter. After one season, Hufnagel and Nevada mutually parted ways after appearing in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
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