Joe Arnold

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Joe Arnold
Sport(s) Baseball
Biographical details
Born (1947-02-26) February 26, 1947 (age 67)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Alma mater Miami-Dade Community, A.A.
Florida Atlantic University, B.A.
Arizona State University, M.A.
Playing career
1966–1967
1968
1968–1969
Miami-Dade
Arizona State
Houston Astros
Position(s) Pitcher, shortstop, second baseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1983
1984–1994
1997–1998
1999–2000
2007–2010
Florida Southern
Florida
Oneonta Yankees
Staten Island Yankees
Polk State
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Division II (1978, 1981)
Sunshine State Conference (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
Southeastern Conference (1984, 1988)
SEC Tournament (1984, 1988, 1991)
Awards
Division II Coach of the Year (1978, 1981)
SEC Coach of the Year (1984, 1988)

Joseph A. Arnold (born February 26, 1947) is a former American college and professional baseball coach. During his twenty-four seasons as a head coach, Arnold led the college baseball teams at Florida Southern College, the University of Florida, and Polk State College, and also served as the manager of two Class A minor league teams within the New York Yankees organization.

Early years[edit]

Arnold was born in Daytona Beach, Florida.[1] He attended Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, Florida, where he was a pitcher for the Lake Worth Trojans high school baseball team.[2]

Playing career[edit]

He attended Miami-Dade Community College, where he was a standout pitcher for the MDCC baseball team, and was recognized as a junior college All-American in 1966 and 1967.[3] After he exhausted his junior college eligibility, he transferred to Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where he played for the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team in 1968.

Following the 1968 college season, the Houston Astros selected Arnold in the third round (fifty-fifth pick overall) of the 1968 MLB Draft. He appeared in 114 games while playing for four different Class A affiliates of the Astros in 1968 and 1969; in two seasons, he batted .221 and won his only appearance as a pitcher.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

From 1977 to 1983, Arnold was the head coach of the Florida Southern Moccasins baseball team of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.[5] In seven season, he led the Mocs baseball team to an overall win-loss record of 316–69 (.821), four Sunshine State Conference (SSC) championships (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983), six consecutive appearances in the Division II College World Series, two Division II national championships (1978, 1981) and two national second-place finishes (1979, 1982).[5]

Arnold was the head coach of the Florida Gators baseball team at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, from 1984 to 1994.[6] In eleven seasons, Arnold coached the Gators to an overall win-loss record of 434–244–2 (.640), two Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships (1984, 1988), three SEC tournament titles (1984, 1988, 1991), seven appearances in the Division I baseball tournament, and the program's first two appearances in the College World Series (1988, 1991).[6][7][8] He was twice chosen by his fellow coaches as the SEC Coach of the Year (1984, 1988).[6]

Arnold managed the Oneonta Yankees in 1997 and 1998, and the Staten Island Yankees in 1999 and 2000; both teams were the Yankees affiliates in the Class A New York–Penn League. In four seasons managing Single-A baseball, he compiled a record of 179–119 (.601), his Yankees teams finished first or second in the standings three of four years, and won the league championship twice.[9] Thereafter, he continued as the director of East Coast scouting for the parent New York Yankees.[7]

Not ready to retire, Arnold became the head coach of his third college baseball team in 2007, accepting the opportunity to coach the Polk State Vikings of Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida.[10] He coached the Vikings for four seasons, until heath concerns forced him to step down after the 2010 season.[7][10]

Personal[edit]

Arnold and his wife Beverly have two children, a son and a daughter.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Florida Southern Moccasins (Sunshine State Conference) (1977–1983)
1977 Florida Southern 34–11 NCAA South Regional
1978 Florida Southern 41–8 College World Series champions
1979 Florida Southern 40–12 10–5 1st College World Series runners up
1980 Florida Southern 45–11 11–4 1st College World Series
1981 Florida Southern 55–8 10–5 1st College World Series champions
1982 Florida Southern 50–11 19–2 1st College World Series runners up
1983 Florida Southern 51–8 14–3 1st College World Series
Florida Southern: 316–69 64–19
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (1984–1994)
1984 Florida 43–16–1 18–4 1st (East) NCAA South I Regional
1985 Florida 43–18 15–6 1st (East) NCAA Atlantic Regional
1986 Florida 27–26 14–13 6th
1987 Florida 32–24 17–9 3rd
1988 Florida 48–19–1 21–6 1st College World Series
1989 Florida 44–22 14–10 3rd NCAA East Regional
1990 Florida 29–30 11–12 6th
1991 Florida 51–21 16–8 2nd College World Series
1992 Florida 44–20 16–8 1st (East) NCAA East Regional
1993 Florida 33–25 12–14 3rd (East)
1994 Florida 40–23 16–9 2nd (East) NCAA Atlantic I Regional
Florida: 434–244–2 170–99
Total:

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Staten Island Yankees Announce Field Personnel For 2000 Season," Staten Island Yankees (January 17, 2000). Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "UF's Arnold Seeks Help for Alcohol," The Palm Beach Post (April 18, 1986). Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Associated Press, "Gators Hire Arnold As Baseball Coach," Ocala Star-Banner, p. 5C (August 16, 1983). Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Baseball-Reference.com, Minor Leagues, Players, Joe Arnold. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  5. ^ a b FSCMocs.com, Hall of Fame, Joe Arnold. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c 2011 Florida Baseball Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 76, 88, 97, 109, 118–121 (2011). Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c Pat Dooley, "Former UF baseball coach needs brain surgery," The Gainesville Sun (June 2, 2010). Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Mike Dame, "Arnold Resigns As Baseball Coach At UF," Orlando Sentinel (June 2, 1994). Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  9. ^ Baseball-Reference.com, Bullpen, Joe Arnold. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Lisa Coffey, "Longtime Baseball Coach Arnold Retires," The Ledger (May 17, 2010). Retrieved July 20, 2011.