Southeast Missouri State University assistant coach and recruiting coordinator James Arnold has been named the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Westminster College in Fulton, becoming the 7th Head Coach in Blue Jays program history.
Arnold, a native of Paw Paw, West Virginia, began his collegiate coaching career at North Central Missouri College, serving as an assistant to Max Mothersbaugh in the 2001-2002 season, before becoming Head Coach of the Lady Pirates in 2002, leading the program for the next five years. Coach Arnold’s NCMC career culminated with a trip to the NJCAA Division Two national tournament in March 2007, where the Lady Pirates finished a program-high sixth place, in a season that brought a District F championship, 30 wins, and in 2008, a spot in the NCMC Athletics Hall of Fame.
In 2007, Arnold moved to Highland, Kansas, where he led the Highland Community College Lady Scotties program for four years, before spending the next four years as Head Coach of the Central Methodist University women’s basketball program, followed by the move to Cape Girardeau in 2015.
Arnold received a Bachelor’s degree from Glenville (W.V.) State College, and received his Executive Masters of Business Administration from Benedictine (KS) College).
James Arnold is married to Lesley (a Trenton native). The couple has one daughter, Audrey.