Gib Arnold is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at USC, being named to his position on April 6, 2005. Just prior to the 2006-07 season, Arnold was named as one of the top 25 recruiters in the country by Rivals.com and this offseason he was named by the same outlet as the number three-ranked assistant ready to move up to a head coaching job. In 2008, The Bleacher Report named Arnold their No. 1 "Assistant Who Will Be A Head Coach Soon."
Arnold has been instrumental in helping USC achieve a record three straight NCAA appearances and three straight 20-win seasons. In his four years with USC, the Trojans have won more games than in any other span in school history.
As one of the leading recruiters in college basketball, Arnold has helped bring some of the top talent in the world to USC. As the lead recruiter for both DeMar DeRozan and Taj Gibson, Arnold's efforts helped USC achieve history when for the first time ever two USC basketball players were selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft (DeRozan No. 9, Gibson No. 26).
Arnold is also well respected for his global basketball resume. He has worked with numerous European and African National teams and conducted clinics in over 20 countries. Current Trojans 6-10 Nikola Vucevic (Montenegro), 7-0 Davis Rozitis (Latvia), as well as former players 7-0 Mamadou Diarra (Mali) and 6-11 Abdoulaye N'Diaye (Senegal) all chose USC with the help of Arnold's international recruiting efforts.
Before joining USC, Arnold spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons as the head men's basketball coach at the College of Southern Idaho and prior to that, was an assistant at Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Vanderbilt, Utah Valley State College and Provo High School.
"Gib is an outstanding coach and recruiter," said USC Head Coach Kevin O'Neill. "He has developed strong local ties which is important to what we want to accomplish here. As a coach he demonstrated the ability teach a fast-paced style at both ends of the court which is something that we would like to do here at USC."
Arnold, 40, posted a 57-14 record in his two seasons (2004-05) at CSI, including a 33-3 record during the 2005 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, won the Region 18 tourney and advanced to the NJCAA tournament.
While at CSI, Arnold produced 17 players that committed to Division I schools. His teams also produced in the classroom - during his two year tenure, his teams hold the highest accumulative team GPA in school history. He was named back-to-back District 13 Coach of the Year.
He spent the previous four seasons (2000-03) at Pepperdine, where his main duties included recruiting and overseeing defensive schemes and pressing.
Working under Jan van Breda Kolff and USC great Paul Westphal, Pepperdine won more Division I games in his four years than during any other four-year span in school history. Arnold also received much credit for his recruiting while at Pepperdine, signing two WCC Freshman of the Year players and multiple all-conference players. For his work, Athlon Sports Magazine named Arnold on of the top 10 Division I assistants in the country. Prior to that, Arnold was an assistant at Loyola Marymount and Vanderbilt.
Attending Punahou High in Honolulu, Hawaii, Arnold was a prep All-American and Hawaii's high school Gatorade Player of the Year. He began his collegiate career at Arizona State where he was awarded the Citi Scholar Athlete Award. Transferring to Dixie State College, he was nominated as one of the Men's Student Athletes of the Year. Completing his career at UC San Diego, Arnold helped the Tritons to a school record 17 consecutive wins and a No. 3 national ranking.
Arnold comes from a basketball family. His father, Frank, was an assistant at UCLA under John Wooden (the Bruins won three NCAA titles during his tenure), then was the head coach at both BYU and Hawaii. While at BYU, he guided the Cougars to three WAC championships and to an Elite Eight appearance.
Arnold and his wife, Lisa, have five children: Analise (13), Ashton (11), Ally (9), Addison (7) and Ace (3).