Ronnie Arrow

Ronnie Arrow (born August 28, 1947)

Teams coached: South Alabama Jaguars, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders
South Alabama record: 211-161 (.567)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi record: 134-91 (.596)
Overall record^: 345-252 (.578)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2007-2012 South Alabama
1999-2007 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
1987-1995 South Alabama
1977-1987 San Jacinto CC
1969-1972 Sam Houston State (asst)

Ronnie Arrow Facts

  • Ronnie Lee Arrow
  • Born August 28, 1947
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Alma Mater: Southwest Texas State University (BS, 1969) / Sam Houston State University (M.Ed, 1972)
  • Played at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) under head coach Vernon McDonald; twice earned All-Lone Star honors
  • Started his coaching career after graduation, assisting Archie Porter at Sam Houston State while also earning his master’s degree
  • Spent four years as the head coach at Pasadena HS (TX), then ten seasons at San Jacinto CC (also in Pasadena, TX)
    • Went 302-43 at SJCC, winning three NJCAA National Championships and ten conference titles
  • Hired in 1987 to be the head coach at South Alabama, coaching there for the next eight years
    • Best seasons were in 1989 and 1991, when the Jaguars won Sun Belt titles and Sun Belt Tournaments to make the NCAAs
    • Finished around .500 for three straight seasons and then was fired four games into the 1994-95 season (1-3 record)
  • Tabbed as the first head basketball coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 1998, starting play the following year
    • Went 134-91 in eight seasons, leading the Islanders to their first ever NCAA Tournament in his final season (2007)
  • Returned to South Alabama to again be the Jaguars’ head coach, spending five more years at the helm
    • Won the Sun Belt title and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2008, his first year back
    • Again left midway through a season, this time abruptly retiring in December 2012 with a 5-5 record on the year
    • Left coaching with a total of 345 Division I victories, 211 of which came at South Alabama
  • Along with his wife, Nelda, has one daughter

Ronnie Arrow Coaching Tree

  • Bobby Champagne (North Alabama)
  • Robert Ford (Saint Xavier, Salem)
  • Andrew Helton (Eastern New Mexico)
  • Lew Hill (UTRGV)
  • Judas Prada (South Alabama)
  • Jeff Price (Lynn, South Alabama, Georgia Southern)
  • Sean Woods (Southern, Morehead State, Mississippi Valley State)


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