Frank Arnold

Frank Arnold (born October 1, 1934)

Teams coached: BYU Cougars, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
BYU record: 137-94 (.593)
Hawaii record: 11-45 (.196)
Overall record: 148-139 (.516)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1979, 1980, 1981)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1981)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1982)
  • WAC Regular Season Champion:  2  (1979, 1980)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1987-1989 Arizona State (asst)
1985-1987 Hawaii
1975-1983 BYU
1971-1975 UCLA (asst)
1966-1971 Oregon (asst)
1964-1966 Clark JC
1962-1963 Oregon (grad. asst)

Frank Arnold Facts

  • Frank Harold Arnold
  • Born October 1, 1934
  • Hometown: Pocatello, Idaho
  • Alma Mater: Idaho State University (BA, 1956)
  • Born in Utah and raised in Idaho, Arnold attended Pocatello HS (ID) and Idaho State, where he played for Steve Belko
  • After graduating, Arnold started coaching at the HS level; first job was as an assistant at Payette HS (ID)
  • Spent two years each as head coach at Brigham Young HS (UT) and BYU Laboratory HS (UT)
  • Joined Belko’s staff at Oregon in 1962 as a graduate assistant; his first of two stints working with the Ducks
  • After one season coaching at his alma mater Pocatello HS (ID), he spent two seasons coaching at Clark JC (WA)
    • Went 30-22 overall at Clark, going 15-11 in both season
  • Returned to Oregon in 1966 to spend the next five seasons on Belko’s staff as a full-time assistant
  • When Belko stepped down in 1971, Arnold moved down to California to be an assistant under John Wooden at UCLA
  • Hired in 1975 to be the head coach at BYU, going 137-94 over eight total seasons
    • Won two WAC titles and went to the postseason four times (3 NCAA, 1 NIT), including a trip to the 1981 Sweet Sixteen
  • After a couple years away from coaching, Arnold became the Hawaii head coach in 1987
    • Went just 11-45 in two seasons with the Rainbow Warriors (4-24 in year one and 7-21 in year two)
  • Final coaching position was a two-year stint as an assistant under Steve Patterson at Arizona State
  • Has one son and four daughters; his son, Gib Arnold, spent four seasons as the head coach at Hawaii

Frank Arnold Coaching Tree

  • Danny Ainge (Phoenix Suns)
  • Rich Glas (Concordia MN, North Dakota)
  • Roger Reid (Southern Utah, BYU)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only