|Born||May 11, 1981|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||5–3 (NCAA D-III playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 OAC (2016)
2× OAC Coach of the Year (2013, 2016)
Thomas Edward Arth (born May 11, 1981) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the University of Akron. He was also the head football coach at John Carroll University from 2013 to 2016 and University of Tennessee Chattanooga from 2017–2018
Arth attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. In 1998, he took the reins as the starting quarterback for the perennial national power and led the Wildcats to the Division I State Semi-Finals where they lost to defending National Champion and eventual State Champion Canton McKinley Bulldogs. Over the course of the 1998 season, Arth threw for over 2,100 yards and 24 touchdowns.
At John Carroll University, Arth started for four years at quarterback, and set 18 John Carroll football records. He earned unanimous All-American honors as a junior and senior. In 2002, he guided the Blue Streaks to a 12-2 record, an East Regional Championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division III National Semi-Finals for the first time in program history. Over the course of his career, Arth captured every major passing record at John Carroll, including passing yards (10,457), and touchdowns (89).
He spent time with the Indianapolis Colts (2003–2005) who allocated him to the Scottish Claymores (2004) and the Hamburg Sea Devils (2005) of NFL Europa. During his three seasons with the Colts, he served as a back-up to quarterback Peyton Manning.
He was signed by the Green Bay Packers in 2006 but was released prior to the start of training camp. Arth signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in February 2007. Arth later signed with the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League.
With a 32 overall rating, he was the lowest rated player in the 2004 NFL videogame, ESPN NFL 2K5.
On January 13, 2011 Arth was named to the D3Football.com's All Decade Team.
On December 5, 2012, Arth was named 17th head football coach at John Carroll.
On November 12, 2016, Arth's program earned their first outright Ohio Athletic Conference title since 1989 with a 31-28 victory over then-No.1 Mount Union. On December 17, 2016, Arth was named D3football.com Coach of the Year for 2016, becoming the first Blue Streaks mentor in any sport to earn a national honor in 42 years.
Head coaching record
|John Carroll Blue Streaks (Ohio Athletic Conference) (2013–2016)|
|2013||John Carroll||9–2||8–1||2nd||L NCAA Division III First Round|
|2014||John Carroll||11–2||8–1||2nd||L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal|
|2016||John Carroll||12–2||9–0||1st||L NCAA Division III Semifinal|
|Chattanooga Mocs (Southern Conference) (2017–2018)|
|Akron Zips (Mid-American Conference) (2019–present)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.|
Arth and his wife Lauren ('03) have five children: Caroline, Tommy, Kate, Patrick and Lizzie.
Arth founded the Cleveland Passing Academy in June 2008.
- Tom Arth
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