Gib Arnold

Gibson Kirk Arnold (born October 19, 1968) is an American college basketball player and coach. He worked in the NBA in the front office of the Boston Celtics until June of 2020. He currently is completing his masters degree from Harvard University in Clinical Psychology. Arnold is the founder and CEO of MindBodySoul Training, a sports science based program that promotes daily training of the Mind, Body, and Prosocial Behavior to become your best athlete and best self. He owns WorldToursSports LLC a licensed and bonded adventure & sports travel and event agency. Arnold also started the non profit organization GiveBackBroterhood, a perpetual scholarship fund for underprivileged youth to pursue their academic and athletic dreams.

Gib Arnold
Gib Arnold, NBA Scout, D1 Coach.jpg
Arnold in 2019
Biographical details
Born (1968-10-19) October 19, 1968 (age 52)
Eugene, Oregon
Playing career
1987-1988Arizona State
1991–1992UC San Diego
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1995Provo HS (asst.)
1995–1996Utah Valley (asst.)
1996–1998Loyola Marymount (asst.)
1998–1999Vanderbilt (asst.)
1999–2003Pepperdine (asst.)
2003–2005College of Southern Idaho
2005–2010USC (asst.)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2015–2020Boston Celtics (scout)
Head coaching record
Overall72–55 (.567) (NCAA)
57–14 (.803) (junior college)
Tournaments1–2 (CIT)

Early life and educationEdit

Arnold was born in 1968, when his father Frank Arnold was an assistant coach at the University of Oregon. As Frank Arnold later became an assistant at UCLA and was head coach at BYU and Hawaii, Gib Arnold grew up in the Los Angeles, Provo, Utah, and Honolulu, Hawaii areas.

Arnold graduated from Punahou School in 1987, where he was a prep All-American and Hawaii's high school Gatorade Player of the Year.[1][2] Initially committed to Hawaii, Arnold first attended Arizona State University instead to follow his father, who became assistant coach for the Arizona State Sun Devils.[2] An honor student as a freshman, Arnold left Arizona State to go on a two-year LDS mission to Munich, Germany.[3]

In 1990, Arnold enrolled in Dixie State College, a junior college in St. George, Utah and played his first year of college basketball there.[3] Arnold transferred to UC San Diego in 1991, averaging 3.6 points in 20 games as a sophomore.[4] Retiring from basketball, Arnold transferred to Brigham Young University and graduated in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.[1] Gib is currently in the process of completing his masters degree in clinical psychology, at Harvard University, in Cambridge.

Coaching careerEdit

Assistant coach and junior college head coach (1994–2010)Edit

Arnold began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Provo High School in 1994. In the 1995–96 season, Arnold moved up to the junior college level as assistant coach at Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University). The following season, Arnold got his first NCAA Division I coaching job as assistant coach at Loyola Marymount. In the 1998–99 season, Arnold was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt under Jan van Breda Kolff.[1]

In 1999, Arnold followed van Breda Kolff to Pepperdine and remained on staff under Paul Westphal from 2001 to 2003. At Pepperdine, Arnold specialized in coaching defense and recruiting.[5]

From 2003 to 2005, Arnold served as the head coach at the College of Southern Idaho, a junior college in Twin Falls, Idaho where he posted a 57–14 record.[1]

On April 6, 2005, Arnold became an assistant coach at USC under Tim Floyd and remained for the 2009–10 season under new head coach Kevin O'Neill.[5] At USC, Arnold was named as one of the top 25 recruiters in the country by and one of the top 10 assistant coaches in the country by Athlon Sports magazine.[5] Among players he coached at USC included first-round NBA draft picks DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson, OJ Mayo, and Nikola Vucevic.

Hawaii (2010–2014)Edit

On March 20, 2010, the University of Hawaii at Manoa named Arnold the 19th head coach of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors basketball.[6] Having inherited a program that had three straight losing seasons, Arnold led Hawaii to a 19–13 record and CIT appearance in his first season.[7][8] Hawaii made the 2013 CIT[9] and had its best record under Arnold at 20–11 in 2013–14, their first 20 win season in over a decade. Arnold was the quickest Coach Hawaii history to reach 50 wins. His team excelled not only on the court but in the classroom achieving the highest team GPA in school history and scoring a perfect 1000 APR on two occasions during his four year tenure.[10]

On March 7, 2014, during a game at UC Santa Barbara, a fan of the home team ran on the court to confront Arnold after a Hawaii player was whistled for an intentional foul. Hawaii players restrained the fan, who was later arrested.[11]

NCAA violationsEdit

On October 28, 2014, days before the start of the 2014-15 season, Hawaii fired Arnold and assistant coach Bradyn Akana during the initial stages of an NCAA investigation.[12]

Hawaii announced self-imposed penalties on May 15, 2015, as a result of seven alleged Level I or Level II NCAA violations and vacated 36 wins in which back-up center Davis Rozitis competed in the previous two seasons, due to what Hawaii determined to be improper benefits from a booster. Assistant Coach Brandyn Akana was found to have altered information on an internal document for an incoming international student athlete and to have given an iPad to a student athlete as a Christmas gift.[13] The NCAA investigation showed that Arnold had no knowledge of the violations. The NCAA determined that back-up center and Hawaii Scholar Athlete of the Year Davis Rozitis borrowed a car of an acquaintance to move his belongings into his dorm. NCAA records show that Rozitis borrowed the car from the booster's girlfriend as the booster was on the mainland. At first the University of Hawaii compliance director believed that the man in question was not a booster and no violation had occurred. Later it was found out he attended an athletic banquet and buying a ticket to the event two years prior triggered booster status. Hawaii reduced scholarships and practice time, placed itself on one-year probation, and paid a $10,000 fine.[14][15]

On December 23, 2015, the NCAA announced the results of its investigation, which cleared Arnold of any Level I violations. The NCAA dismissed or lessened every allegation against Arnold. Arnold’s Attorney, James Bickerton said that “his client was pleased the NCAA found no level 1 violations—-the most serious of the associations tiers of infractions —-as he had been saying.” Bickerton said the “NCAA accepted Arnold’s testimony on events and rejected the testimony of his main accusers on the factual points he disputed. The NCAA also recognized Arnold was poorly supported by the university’s compliance department. “ [16]

Hawaii reached a $700,000 settlement with Arnold on October 9, 2015 for firing him without cause.[17][18]

NBA scoutEdit

In 2015, Arnold became a scout for the Boston Celtics, serving in the front office as their West Coast Scout til 2020. During this time Arnold was instrumental in providing insight on West Coast players. Playing a role in 2016 drafting #3 Jaylen Brown, UC Berkley and the 2017 trade of the eventual #1 pick, Markelle Fultz, U. Of Washington for the #3 pick Jayson Tatum, Duke. [19]

Founder and CEOEdit

In 2016, Gib founded WorldTourSports, LLC. Combining his passion for sports, travel and philanthropy. Gib came up with the mantra "Make the World Your Playing Field." WorldTourSports specializes in sports travel and destination sporting events around the globe.

In 2019, Gib started MindBodySoulTraining. With his background in sports psychology and athletic training, Arnold's philosophy is that the balanced training of ones' mind, body, and soul allows the athlete to become their best self.

Personal lifeEdit

Gib Arnold has four sisters.[20] Gib has five children with his former spouse.[1] As a certified USA Triathlon coach, Gib has completed several Ironman triathlons as well as completing the Boston Marathon in 2019.

Head coaching recordEdit

Junior collegeEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Southern Idaho Golden Eagles (Scenic West Athletic Conference) (2003–2005)
2003–04 Southern Idaho 24–11 15–9 T–3rd[21] NJCAA First Round
2004–05 Southern Idaho 33–3 16–2 1st[22] NJCAA Third place
Southern Idaho: 57–14 (.803) 31–11
Total: 57–14 (.803)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Western Athletic Conference) (2010–2012)
2010–11 Hawaii 19–13 8–8 T–5th CIT Second Round
2011–12 Hawaii 16–16 6–8 T–5th
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Big West Conference) (2012–2014)
2012–13 Hawaii 17–15 10–8 4th CIT First Round
2013–14 Hawaii 20–11 9–7 3rd
Hawaii: 72–55 (.567) 33–31(.516)
Total: 72–55 (.567)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


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  2. ^ a b "Road trotting coach makes family a priority". Malamalama. October 19, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Gib Arnold". Pepperdine Waves. Archived from the original on April 27, 2003. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
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  11. ^ "UC Santa Barbara fan confronts Hawaii coach". Associated Press. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "Gib Arnold removed as coach". ESPN. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "UH releases copy of NCAA Notice of Allegations against men's basketball team". Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  14. ^ "UH to self-impose penalties for NCAA violations". Hawaii News Now. May 15, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  15. ^ Lewis, Ferd; McInnis, Brian; Reardon, Dave (May 15, 2015). "UH to vacate basketball wins, cut scholarships after NCAA violations". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Archived from the original on May 17, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  16. ^ Zannes, Alexander (December 22, 2015). "Could UH have handled Gib Arnold's firing differently?". KHON. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  17. ^ "UH announces $700,000 settlement with former men's basketball coach". KHON. October 9, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  18. ^ Daysog, Rick (February 3, 2015). "Fired UH basketball coach says school owes more than $1 million". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  19. ^ "NCAA hits Hawaii with one-year postseason ban". ESPN. December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  20. ^ McInnis, Brian (November 10, 2010). "He was born to battle". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
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