The beginning of a new era: Former Blue Streak and NFL QB Tom Arth named head football coach

December 5th, 2012

Tom Arth, a former Blue Streak and NFL quarterback, has been named JCU’s new head football coach. He previously was an assistant under former head coach Regis Scafe. (photo from

When Tom Arth graduated from John Carroll University in the spring of 2002, he definitely left his mark as one of the most talented and accomplished players in the storied history of Blue Streaks football. Fast forward 10 years later, and Arth again has a chance to leave his permanent impression on JCU football – although this time his opportunity will come as the new head coach of the Blue Streaks football program.

Arth, who served as an assistant coach, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the football program for the past three seasons, will replace Regis Scafe as the head coach of JCU’s historic football program, and he couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity at hand.

“I am motivated by the challenge, and I am humbled by the opportunity to lead our football program and serve the John Carroll University community,” said Arth, who takes over as only the school’s third head football coach since 1987.
“I am so proud to represent a university that is committed to leadership, service, academic excellence and, most importantly, to helping young people realize the God-given potential they have to succeed and to make a difference in our world.”

The decision to hire Arth comes after a 6-4 campaign by the 2012 JCU football team, which had hopes of competing for an Ohio Athletic Conference title before the season began. With Arth now at the helm, it is clear that the road ahead is an exciting one for not only the football program, but the entire University.

“Tom has demonstrated leadership qualities, football expertise and the ability to engage people, [all of] which will take our football program to the next level of success,” said Laurie Massa, John Carroll’s Director of Athletics.

During his illustrious playing career at JCU from 1999-2002, Arth set a whopping 18 different records as quarterback for the JCU football program. The Saint Ignatius High School alum native was also unanimous selection for All-American honors during his junior and senior seasons at JCU. Arth also helped lead the Blue Streaks to a 12-2 record during his senior season, as well as an appearance in the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in program history.

Following graduation, Arth went on to sign with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, where he spent three seasons from 2003-2005, serving as a backup quarterback to Peyton Manning. The Westlake, Ohio native also had stints along the way with the Green Bay Packers, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.

“His experiences in the NFL, the business world and at John Carroll have given him skill sets with a Mission focus that will serve us well as we work towards our goals of championships and student development,” Massa added.

After the Blue Streaks posted an overall record of 16-14 in the past three seasons, it’s safe to say that Arth has his sights set on using his experience in the pros to help return the Blue Streaks to prominence, particularly on the national scene.

“We will passionately pursue perfection and in doing so will create a culture of excellence,” said Arth.

Serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past three seasons, Arth helped develop quarterbacks Devin O’Brien, the 2011 OAC Offensive Back of the Year, and Mark Myers, who averaged over 320 passing yards per game while throwing 25 touchdowns this past season. Arth also helped the Blue Streaks average 396 yards of offense and 28.9 points per game over the course of the past three years.

Arth now becomes only the 17th head coach in the 92-year history of the JCU football program, joining Jerry Schweickert (1965-1976), Frank Amato (1984-86) and Tony DeCarlo (1987-1998) as only the fourth John Carroll graduate to serve as the Blue Streaks’ head coach.

“John Carroll football players will respect, value, and trust one another. They will be willing to sacrifice and persevere to accomplish team goals, and they will be ingrained with a relentless belief in themselves and their ability to achieve greatness,” added Arth.