Brett Arce
    Brett  Arce

    Defensive Assistant

    Brett Arce is in his second season (2016-17) as a graduate assistant at USC. He is working with the defensive backs.

    In 2016, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson won the Thorpe Award, was a consensus All-American first teamer and was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. USC had 14 interceptions, all by defensive backs and limited opponent passers to just a 56.9% completion rate. USC played in the Rose Bowl.

    He spent the previous 2 years (2014-15) as an assistant coach at Stony Brook, his alma mater. He was the wide receivers coach in 2014 and the tight ends coach in 2015.

    In 2013, he was an assistant football and men’s basketball coach at West Hills Community College in Coalinga (Calif.), where he also once played. He worked with the offensive line as a football assistant. He also taught history as an adjunct professor.

    Arce, 27, was a 3-year (2010-12) starting tight end at Stony Brook. He had 14 catches in his career for 185 yards (13.2 avg) with 1 TD. He had 6 receptions as both a 2010 sophomore (for 73 yards) and a 2011 junior (99 yards), then he added 2 catches for 13 yards (with a 9-yard TD) as a 2012 senior.

    He spent the 2008 season as a freshman tight end at West Hills CC, where he earned an associate’s degree in 2009.

    He prepped at Coalinga (Calif.) High, where he was All-State first team, All-Fresno first team and All-Conference first team as a 2006 senior 2-way lineman. He also played basketball and baseball at Coalinga.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in history in 2011 and a master’s degree in liberal arts in 2012, both from Stony Brook. He is working on a master’s degree in communication management at USC.

    He was born on July 24, 1989. He is single. His father, Mark, is the athletic director and head men’s basketball coach at West Hills after previously serving as an assistant coach at Utah State and Cal State Bakersfield and the head coach at Bakersfield Junior College.


    BIRTHDAY: July 24, 1989
    FAMILY: Single
    HIGH SCHOOL: Coalinga (Calif.) HS
    EDUCATION: Associate’s degree, West Hills Community College, 2009
    Bachelor’s degree, history, Stony Brook, 2011
    Master’s degree, liberal arts, Stony Brook, 2012
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Coalinga (Calif.) HS
    West Hills Community College, tight end, 2008
    Stony Brook, tight end, 2010-12

    2013 West Hills CC Offensive Line --
    2014 Stony Brook Wide Receivers --
    2015 Stony Brook Tight Ends --
    2016 USC Defensive Assistant (Defensive Backs) Rose