December 5, 2012

Arth takes over at alma mater

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Tom Arth led John Carroll to Division III prominence as a player.
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John Carroll has turned to one of its own to guide its football fortunes.

Tom Arth, a former Division III All-American quarterback for the Blue Streaks as well as an NFL quarterback with the Indianapolis Colts, has been named the 17th head football coach in the program's 92-year history. He replaces Regis Scafe, who was let go in November after 14 seasons with an 88-56 mark.

Arth has been an assistant coach and co-offensive coordinator for his alma mater over the past three seasons. He was a D3football.com first-team All-America selection at quarterback in 2001 and a second-team pick in 2002.

“Tom has demonstrated leadership qualities, football expertise, and the ability to engage people which will take our football program to the next level of success,” said Laurie Massa, John Carroll's athletic director. “His experiences in the NFL, the business world, and at John Carroll have given him skill sets with a mission focus that will serve us well as we work towards our goals of championships and student development.”

In being named to this position, Arth joins Jerry Schweickert (1965-1976),  Frank Amato (1984-86) and Tony DeCarlo (1987-1998) as the only John Carroll graduates to serve as head coach of Blue Streaks football team.  Arth also joins Schweickert and Amato as former Blue Streak players to have ascended to the head coach position.

“I am motivated by the challenge and humbled by the opportunity to lead our football program and serve the John Carroll University community,” said Arth, who replaces Regis Scafe as the school's third head football coach since 1987.  “I am so proud to represent a university that is committed to leadership, service, academic excellence, and most importantly to helping young people realize the God-given potential they have to succeed and to make a difference in our world.”

As a player, Tom Arth led John Carroll through a barnstorming tour of the East bracket in the 2002 playoffs, leading the Blue Streaks to the national semifinals despite being injured and despite playing every game on the road.
D3sports.com 2002 file photo

During his coaching tenure at JCU, Arth has served as a quarterbacks coach, co-offensive coordinator, assistant recruiting coordinator, and director of football operations.  He helped the Blue & Gold offense average 396 yards and 28.9 points per game in the last three seasons, and has mentored quarterbacks Devin O'Brien, winner of the 2011 Bob Packard Award for most outstanding offensive back in the Ohio Athletic Conference, and Mark Myers, one of the nation's leading passers in 2012. 

From 1999-2002, Arth set 18 John Carroll football records as its quarterback, earning unanimous All-American honors as a junior and senior.  In 2002, he guided the Blue Streaks to a 12-2 record, an East region championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division III national semifinals for the first time in program history.

After graduating from John Carroll in 2003, Arth signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, where he spent three seasons as a backup to quarterback Peyton Manning. He also had stints with the Green Bay Packers, as well as NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.

Arth, who assumes the head coaching position effective immediately, aims to re-establish the Blue Streaks as an OAC championship contender while exemplifying and instilling into his players Jesuit ideals.

“We will passionately pursue perfection and in doing so will create a culture of excellence,” said Arth. “John Carroll football players will respect, value, and trust one another. They will be willing to sacrifice and persevere to accomplish team goals, and they will be ingrained with a relentless belief in themselves and their ability to achieve greatness.”

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