|Position:||Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line|
|Alma Mater:||Mississippi, 1994|
Arrington is in his second season on the Akron staff and serves as
coach of the offensive line. The recipient of the
Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation's
College Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2012, he also handles
a variety of administrative duties for the program.
In 2012, Arrington tutored a Zips front line that supported an offense ranked first in the Mid-American Conference and 16th nationally in passing (312.8 ypg), and sixth in the league and 45th in the country in total offense (427.2 ypg). Additionally, the offensive line allowed 24 sacks in 2012 after giving up 38 during the previous season.
Three of Arrington's offensive linemen – Micah Leo, Joe Petrides and Travis Switzer – earned academic honorable mention from the MAC last year for having a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or higher.
Arrington, 44 (born Sept. 29, 1969), came to UA after six seasons at North Alabama, serving as the program's offensive coordinator for the last four seasons and working under Terry Bowden each of the last three years. Arrington also worked with the Lions' offensive line and helped the squad to a 62-14 mark during that six-year span as well as an appearance in the Division II playoffs each season. The program claimed a Gulf South Conference championship in 2006 and 2009. He was UNA’s recruiting coordinator from 2006-08.
At North Alabama, Arrington tutored a number of decorated offensive linemen. In 2009, Calvin Wilson was named an All-American as well as being placed on the All-GSC and All-Super Region 2 teams. In 2008, Sam Hathorn was named to four All-American teams as well as the All-GSC and All-Super Region 2 squads, while J.D Whited earned All-American, all-league and all-region nods in 2007. In 2006, center JoJo Bates earned All-American, All-GSC and All-Southeast Region recognition.
With Arrington as offensive coordinator in 2008, UNA posted a 12-2 record and advanced to the semifinals of the Division II playoffs. That season the Lions ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense (41.3 ppg), seventh in passing efficiency and fourth in turnover margin (giving up 15 turnovers in those 14 games).
He joined the UNA staff following 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Northwest Mississippi Community College, after stints as a student assistant coach at Northwest Mississippi (1989-90) and Ole Miss (1991-93).
In 1994, he was named offensive line coach at Northwest Mississippi and also was the school's head softball coach from 1998-2001. In 2001, he was elevated to offensive coordinator and held that position through 2004. During his tenure, the Rangers claimed three Mississippi Junior College state championships and posted an 84-28 record. In five of those seasons the program ranked in the top six nationally in total offense and led the country in that category in 1999 and 2000.
Also during his stay at Northwest Mississippi, the school produced eight All-Americans and two National Academic honorees. While serving as offensive coordinator, the Rangers sent 11 players onto Division-I programs and nine to Division-II schools.
Three times during his career (1995, 2002, 2004) he was selected for the MACIC North All-Star coaching staff.
He is a native of Oxford, Miss., and is married to the former Gail Perkins.
Arrington’s Year-By-Year Coaching Experience:
1989-90 – Northwest Mississippi CC (student assistant)
1991-93 – Mississippi (student assistant)
1994-00 – Northwest Mississippi CC (offensive line)
2001-04 – Northwest Mississippi CC (offensive coordinator)
2006-07 – North Alabama (offensive line)
2008-11 – North Alabama (offensive coordinator)
2012 – Akron (offensive line)