Dave Arnold (American football)

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Dave Arnold
Biographical details
Born (1944-09-17) September 17, 1944 (age 75)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968–1972 Midland HS (MI) (assistant)
1973 Alma HS (MI) (assistant)
1974–1979 Alma HS (MI)
1980–1981 Michigan State (OL)
1982 Montana State (OL)
1983–1986 Montana State
1987–1988 Washington State (ST/OL)
1989–1994 Miami (FL) (ST/RB)
1995–1997 Seattle Seahawks (ST)
1999–2004 Albion (assistant)
2005–2007 Colorado State (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 18–29 (college)
Tournaments 3–0 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 NCAA Division I-AA national (1984)
1 Big Sky (1984)
AFCA Division I-AA Coach of the Year (1984)
Kodak National Coach of the Year (1984)
Big Sky Coach of the Year (1984)

Dave Arnold (born September 17, 1944) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Montana State University team from 1983 to 1986, compiling a record of 18–29. Arnold led his 1984 Montana State Bobcats team to a 12–2 record, a Big Sky Conference title, and the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship. For his effort, he was named the AFCA Division I-AA Coach of the Year that season. The 1984 championship run followed a season in 1983 in which the Bobcats finished 1–10 and last in the conference. The 11-game turnaround is one of the largest in college football history.

Arnold worked as an assistant coach under Dennis Erickson at Washington State University and Miami University and then in the National Football League (NFL), coordinating the special teams for the Seattle Seahawks from 1995 through 1997. With the Seahawks, he coached with Rick Tuten when he led the NFL in yards per punt in 1995.[1] Kicker Todd Peterson made over 82 percent of his field goals in 1995 and 1996.[2]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Montana State Bobcats (Big Sky Conference) (1983–1986)
1983 Montana State 1–10 1–6 8th
1984 Montana State 12–2 6–1 1st W NCAA Division I-AA Championship
1985 Montana State 2–9 1–6 T–7th
1986 Montana State 3–8 2–5 T–6th
Montana State: 18–29 10–18
Total: 18–29
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/T/TuteRi20.htm
  2. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/P/petertod01.htm
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