Arnold named Assistant Basketball Coach at Lafayette

The Lafayette men’s basketball program and head coach Mike McGarvey have added Nikolai Arnold as an assistant basketball coach. 
“We’re very excited to add Coach Arnold to The Hill,” McGarvey said. “Coach is not only a diligent worker and recruiter, but I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing his positive impact on the players he’s coached and the coaching staffs that he has assisted over the past few years. His passion and commitment in helping his teams reach a championship level has also been remarkable. We’re confident that Nikolai will be an asset to our basketball program and the Lafayette community for years to come.”
Arnold comes to College Hill by way of DeSales University where he has been an assistant since Oct. 2022. Prior to his stint with the Bulldogs, he served as an assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall College.
Prior to F&M, Arnold spent three years as an assistant coach under McGarvey at Lycoming College helping the Warriors win two conference titles and post a 42-22 record in those three years. He was involved in all aspects of the program, especially opponent scouting, recruiting and practice planning.
Arnold was also a three-year student manager with Syracuse University’s men’s basketball program graduating from SU in 2019 with a degree in Sports Management.
A native of Denver, Colo., Arnold played high school basketball at Kent Denver and also coached an 8th-grade AAU team, the Colorado Miners, before going on to college, where he worked with the Orangemen for three years, participating in a variety of aspects of the team’s game-planning and game day activities. He also served as the university’s club team coach for two seasons.

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