Tom Arth

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Tom Arth
Sport(s) American football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Chattanooga
Conference SoCon
Record 3–8
Biographical details
Born (1981-05-11) May 11, 1981 (age 37)
Westlake, Ohio
Playing career
1999–2002 John Carroll
2003–2005 Indianapolis Colts
2004 Scottish Claymores
2005 Hamburg Sea Devils
2006 Green Bay Packers
2007 Toronto Argonauts
2007 Grand Rapids Rampage
2008 Georgia Force
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2010–2012 John Carroll (assistant)
2013–2016 John Carroll
2017–present Chattanooga
Head coaching record
Overall 43–16
Tournaments 5–3 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 OAC (2016)

Thomas Edward Arth (born May 11, 1981) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was also the head football coach at John Carroll University from 2013 to 2016.

Playing career[edit]

Arth attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. In 1998, he took the reins as the starting quarterback for the perennial national power and led the Wildcats to the Division I State Semi-Finals where they lost to defending National Champion and eventual State Champion Canton McKinley Bulldogs. Over the course of the 1998 season, Arth threw for over 2,100 yards and 24 touchdowns.

At John Carroll University, Arth started for four years at quarterback, and set 18 John Carroll football records. He earned unanimous All-American honors as a junior and senior. In 2002, he guided the Blue Streaks to a 12-2 record, an East region championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division III national semifinals for the first time in program history. Over the course of his career, Arth captured every major passing record at John Carroll, including passing yards (10,457), and touchdowns (89).

He spent time with the Indianapolis Colts (2003–2005)[1] who allocated him to the Scottish Claymores (2004) and the Hamburg Sea Devils (2005) of NFL Europa. During his three seasons with the Colts, he served as a back-up to quarterback Peyton Manning.[2]

He was signed by the Green Bay Packers in 2006 but was released prior to the start of training camp. Arth signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in February 2007. Arth later signed with the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League.

With a 32 overall rating, he was the lowest rated player in the 2004 NFL videogame, ESPN NFL 2K5.

On January 13, 2011 Arth was named to the's All Decade Team.

Coaching career[edit]

John Carroll[edit]

On December 5, 2012, Arth was named 17th head football coach at John Carroll.[3]

On November 12, 2016, Arth's program earned their first outright Ohio Athletic Conference title since 1989 with a 31-28 victory over then-No.1 Mount Union. On December 17, 2016, Arth was named Coach of the Year for 2016, becoming the first Blue Streaks mentor in any sport to earn a national honor in 42 years.[4]


Arth was named the head coach of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on December 19, 2016.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
John Carroll Blue Streaks (Ohio Athletic Conference) (2013–2016)
2013 John Carroll 9–2 8–1 2nd L NCAA Division III First Round
2014 John Carroll 11–2 8–1 2nd L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
2015 John Carroll 8–2 7–2 T–2nd
2016 John Carroll 12–2 9–0 1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
John Carroll: 40–8 32–4
Chattanooga Mocs (Southern Conference) (2017–present)
2017 Chattanooga 3–8 3–5 T–6th
2018 Chattanooga 0–0 0–0
Chattanooga: 3–8 3–5
Total: 43–16
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


Arth and his wife Lauren ('03) have five children: Caroline, Tommy, Kate, Patrick and Lizzie.

Arth founded the Cleveland Passing Academy in June 2008.


  1. ^ Tom Arth
  2. ^ "For Tom Arth, Lessons In Leadership Forged During Time Spent With Peyton Manning". Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Former star QB Tom Arth takes reins of John Carroll football". Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tom Arth Named National Coach of The Year". Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Chattanooga expected to tab Arth as football coach". Retrieved December 19, 2016. 

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