Gib Arnold

Gib Arnold (born October 19, 1968)

Teams coached: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Hawaii record: 36-55 (.396) **
Overall record^: 36-55 (.396) **

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2011)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-2014 Hawaii
2005-2010 USC (asst)
2003-2005 Southern Idaho
1999-2003 Pepperdine (asst)
1998-1999 Vanderbilt (asst)
1996-1998 Loyola Marymount (asst)
1995-1996 Utah Valley (asst)

Gib Arnold Facts

  • Gibson Kirk Arnold
  • Born October 19, 1968
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California / Provo, Utah / Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Alma Mater: Brigham Young University (BA, 1994)
  • The son of Frank Arnold, the former head coach at Hawaii and BYU and an assistant at both UCLA and Oregon, Gib grew up in various places as his father moved from one coaching job to the next
  • Gib was born in Eugene, Oregon but after stints in California and Utah he graduated from the Punahou School in Honolulu, where he was named Hawaii’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 1987
    • Planned to play for his father at Hawaii but after he was fired, Gib played his freshman season for Steve Patterson at Arizona State, where Frank became an assistant coach
    • Left ASU in 1988 to take a two-year LDS mission to Munich
    • Spent the 1990-91 season playing at Dixie State (then a JUCO) before transferring to (then D-II) UC San Diego in 1991 to play for head coach Tom Marshall
    • Stopped playing basketball in 1992 and transferred to BYU to finish his college degree
  • Started his coaching career as an assistant at Provo HS (UT), then spent one year assisting at Utah Valley (then a junior college)
  • Spent two seasons as an assistant at Loyola Marymount, one each under John Olive and Charles Bradley
  • Joined Jan van Breda Kolff‘s staff at Vanderbilt in 1998 and then followed him to Pepperdine in 1999
  • Became the head coach at the College of Southern Idaho, going 57-14 over two seasons at the helm
    • Reached the NCJAA Tournament both seasons, finishing in third place in 2005
  • Left CSI for an assistant spot at USC on Tim Floyd‘s staff; worked with the Trojans for a total of five seasons, including one under Kevin O’Neill, and was part of two NCAA Tournaments with one trip to the Sweet Sixteen
  • Hired in 2010 to be the head coach at Hawaii (like his father had been), leading the Rainbow Warriors for four years
    • Went 72-55 overall, but has an official record of just 36-55 following self-imposed penalties that resulted from a number of Level I and Level II NCAA violations
    • The violations were surrounding impermissible benefits to a player from a booster and while the official investigation later concluded that Arnold had no knowledge of the situation, he and assistant coach Bradyn Akana were fired in October 2014
    • With Arnold cleared of all wrongdoing, he sued the school and later reached a $700k settlement
  • Worked for five years as a West Coast scout for the Boston Celtics (2015-2020)
  • Has also founded several companies in the sports industry, involving travel, sports psychology and athletic training

Gib Arnold Coaching Tree

  • Barret Peery (Portland State, Indian Hills CC, Southern Idaho)
  • Benjy Taylor (Tuskegee, Hawaii)


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

** Listed records and accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA