Six new assistant coaches have been named.
Marcus Arroyo joins the Southern Miss staff as the offensive coordinator and outside receivers coach after two successful seasons at the University of California.
Arroyo was on coach Jeff Tedford's staff for two seasons, including his second campaign with the Golden Bears as the pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach after receiving a promotion following his 2011 season as the quarterbacks coach. The former San Jose State quarterback has spent the last 11 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, including four as an offensive coordinator or co-offensive coordinator.
Under Arroyo's guidance, Cal quarterback Zach Maynard worked himself into the No. 10 spot on the career list at the school in both passing yards (5,204) and total offense (5,350) in only two seasons. His 128.36 career passer efficiency rating is eighth on the school's all-time list.
Cal had a much improved offense in 2011 during Arroyo's first-year of working with the team's quarterbacks, especially in the passing game where the Golden Bears jumped from No. 94 in 2010 (175.08 ypg) to No. 46 in 2011 (246.62 ypg). Cal also rose from No. 90 (334.00 ypg) to No. 44 (401.46 ypg) in total offense in his first season. In addition, Cal moved up 20 spots to No. 53 nationally in scoring, improving from 25.8 points per game the previous season to 28.3.
Prior to joining Cal, Arroyo served for two seasons at Wyoming as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. He helped develop 2009 true freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels into the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and the Offensive MVP of the 2009 New Mexico Bowl. Carta-Samuels completed 59.7 percent of his passes in two campaigns under Arroyo's guidance.
Arroyo made a significant impact in his first season at Wyoming in 2009 when he installed a new spread offense that helped the Cowboys score 30 or more points five times, winning all five of those games. Arroyo's offense displayed an ability to come from behind in his first season, recording five fourth-quarter comebacks. His offensive unit also did an outstanding job of protecting the ball. Wyoming ranked No. 7 in the nation in fewest turnovers lost (14) and was No. 15 nationally in both fewest fumbles lost (7) and fewest interceptions thrown (7).
When Wyoming captured the 2009 New Mexico Bowl title, it marked the second time in four seasons that Arroyo was part of a New Mexico Bowl winning team. His other victory in the game came in 2006 while he was coaching at San Jose State.
Prior to his stint at Wyoming, Arroyo was the co-offensive coordinator for two seasons and quarterbacks coach for three campaigns at his alma mater, San Jose State. He was the quarterbacks' coach and play-caller for the Spartans in 2006, before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator for his final two seasons in 2007 and 2008 under head coach Dick Tomey.
From 2006-07, Arroyo tutored the Spartans' all-time leading passer and total offense leader Adam Tafralis, who set school records for career passing yards (7,548) and total offense (8,111). Tafralis went on to sign a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL in the spring of 2008. He also played three seasons (2008-10) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, and spent time on the rosters of both the United Football League's Sacramento Mountain Lions (2011) and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts (2012) before his retirement from football.
Arroyo also spent one season at San Jose State in 2005 as a graduate assistant coach on the offensive side of the ball before being elevated to a full-time assistant in 2006.
Arroyo began his collegiate coaching career in 2003, serving as an undergraduate assistant coach at his alma mater for one year. In 2004, he was the offensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M, an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team in Prairie View, Texas.
Arroyo played quarterback at San Jose State in 1998 and from 2000-02. He finished his career among the Spartans' all-time leaders in passing yards (No. 9, 4,603), total offense yards (No. 9, 4,525) and passing efficiency (No. 10, 115.6).
Arroyo's legacy at San Jose State includes being the quarterback or play-caller for four consecutive bowl-eligible teams Spartans (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008). Arroyo received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology at SJSU in 2003.
He and his wife, Kelly, were married on July 9, 2010. Kelly began her collegiate athletic career as a volleyball player at Southern Oregon and later was a swimmer at San Jose State.
|Arroyo at Glance|
|2011-12||California||Pass Game Coordinator (2012)/Quarterbacks|
|2007-08||San Jose State||Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks|
|2006||San Jose State||Quarterbacks|
|2005||San Jose State||Offensive Graduate Assistant|
|2004||Prairie View A&M||Offensive Coordinator|
|2003||San Jose State||Undergraduate Assistant|
|2011||California Holiday Bowl|
|2009||Wyoming New Mexico Bowl|
|2006||San Jose State New Mexico Bowl|