Sark Arslanian

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Sark Arslanian
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1924-02-04)February 4, 1924
Fresno, California
Died December 11, 2016(2016-12-11) (aged 92)
St. George, Utah
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1955–1964 Dixie JC
1965–1972 Weber State
1973–1981 Colorado State
Head coaching record
Overall 95–73–6 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
2 Big Sky (1965, 1968)

Sarkis "Sark" Arslanian (February 4, 1924 – December 11, 2016) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Weber State University from 1965 to 1972 and at Colorado State University from 1973 to 1981, compiling a career college football record of 95–73–6.


Beginning in 1955, Arslanian spent ten seasons as the football coach at Dixie Junior College. In 1965, he assumed the same position at Weber State University, where he coached until 1972 and was the winningest coach in school history. The next year, he became the head coach at Colorado State University. The 1977 Colorado State team was one of the most successful in school history, finishing 9-2-1 and receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. He stayed at Colorado State until 1981.[1]

After a long and successful career as a football coach at the collegiate and professional levels, he helped establish a winning tradition at Pine View High School in St. George, Utah. After a bypass surgery, he resigned as head coach of Pine View and began coaching eighth graders at Pine View Middle School. As of 2007, Arslanian was the oldest active football coach in the United States. An Armenian-American, Arslanian once traveled to Armenia to establish an American Football League in his home country. He served the United States Army during World War II.

Arslanian is the father of Dave Arslanian who later coached at Weber State from 1989 to 1997. On September 14, 2013 the field at Hansen Stadium on the campus of Dixie State University was named Sark Arslanian Field.[2] He died on December 11, 2016 at the age of 92.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Weber State Wildcats (Big Sky Conference) (1965–1972)
1965 Weber State 8–1 3–1 T–1st
1966 Weber State 6–3 2–2 3rd
1967 Weber State 6–4 2–2 T–2nd
1968 Weber State 7–2 3–1 T–1st
1969 Weber State 6–4 3–1 2nd
1970 Weber State 5–5–1 3–3 T–3rd
1971 Weber State 7–2–1 3–2–1 4th
1972 Weber State 5–5 2–4 6th
Weber State: 50–26–2 21–16–1
Colorado State Rams (Western Athletic Conference) (1973–1981)
1973 Colorado State 5–6 2–4 8th
1974 Colorado State 4–6–1 2–3–1 6th
1975 Colorado State 6–5 4–2 3rd
1976 Colorado State 6–5 2–4 7th
1977 Colorado State 9–2–1 5–2 3rd
1978 Colorado State 5–6 2–4 T–5th
1979 Colorado State 4–7–1 3–4 T–5th
1980 Colorado State 6–4–1 5–1–1 2nd
1981 Colorado State 0–6 0–3
Colorado State: 45–47–4 25–27–2
Total: 95–73–6
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