Tom Arth
Sport(s)American football
Current position
TitleHead coach
Biographical details
Born (1981-05-11) May 11, 1981 (age 40)
Westlake, Ohio
Playing career
Head coaching record
Tournaments5–3 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 OAC (2016)
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

Playing career

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)[1] 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.[2]

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's All Decade Team.

Coaching career

John Carroll

On December 5, 2012, Arth was named 17th head football coach at John Carroll.[3]

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 Coach of the Year for 2016, becoming the first Blue Streaks mentor in any sport to earn a national honor in 42 years.[4]


Arth was named the head coach of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on December 19, 2016.[5]


On December 14, 2018, Arth was named the 28th head football coach at the University of Akron.[6]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
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
2015 John Carroll 8–2 7–2 T–2nd
2016 John Carroll 12–2 9–0 1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
John Carroll: 40–8 32–4
Chattanooga Mocs (Southern Conference) (2017–2018)
2017 Chattanooga 3–8 3–5 T–6th
2018 Chattanooga 6–5 4–4 T–5th
Chattanooga: 9–13 7–9
Akron Zips (Mid-American Conference) (2019–present)
2019 Akron 0–1
Total: 49–22
      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.


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