Gib Arnold Named USC Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

April 6, 2005

Gib Arnold, who spent the past two seasons as the head men's basketball coach at the College of Southern Idaho and previously was an assistant at Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Vanderbilt, has been named an assistant at USC, new Trojan head coach Tim Floyd announced today.

'Gib is an outstanding coach and recruiter,' said Floyd. 'I liked his up-tempo style of play of Southern Idaho, because we want to play at a fast pace. And I like his recruiting ties in Southern California, which is such a key area for what we're trying to accomplish here.'

Arnold joins Jim Saia and Bob Cantu, both who were at USC last season, as Floyd's assistants. Floyd said he will hire one additional assistant in the future.

Arnold, 34, posted a 57-14 record in his two seasons (2004-05) at CSI, including 33-3 this past season. His 2005 Golden Eagles won the Scenic West Athletic Conference title and the Region 18 Tournament and advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association tourney, where they finished third. In 2004, CSI went 24-11, was third in the SWAC, won the Region 18 tourney and advanced to the NJCAA tournament.

He spent the previous four seasons (2000-03) at Pepperdine, where his main duties included recruiting and overseeing defensive schemes and pressing.

Prior to that, he was an assistant at Loyola Marymount and Vanderbilt.

He began his collegiate playing career at Arizona State in 1987, then went on a two-year Mormon mission. Upon his return, he played at Dixie State College and then completed his career at UC San Diego, where he helped the Tritons to a school-record 17 consecutive wins and a No. 3 national ranking in NCAA Division III.

He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from BYU.

He was a prep All-American and Hawaii's high school Player of the Year.

His father, Frank, was an assistant at UCLA (the Bruins won three NCAA titles during his tenure), then was the head coach at both BYU and Hawaii.

Arnold and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Analise, Ashton, Ally and Addison.

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