Arroyo Introduced As UNLV's New Football Coach

Deal Is For 5 Years At $1.5M Annually

Paul Ihander
December 11, 2019 - 9:53 am
Picture Of UNLV Head Football Coach Marcus Arroyo

UNLV Athletics

LAS VEGAS ( – Marcus Arroyo was officially introduced as the new head football coach at UNLV. 

"After meeting Marcus, I'm confident he's the right person to lead Rebel Football," said UNLV President Marta Meana. "He has a broad background in the coaching ranks and has experience in different programs, different systems and different roles. What stood out for me when I first met Marcus -- you really feel his sense of purpose and a path to achieve success. He is passionate about his work and is cerebral in his decision-making. We are excited about the future of Rebel Football."

"It was a competitive marketplace," said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. "We set out to find a leader and a teacher, with the competitive drive, the energy, the intellect and the caring to lead our young men to success on the field, in the classroom and in their futures. We evaluated, we vetted and we interviewed many qualified candidates. However, throughout the process, we kept coming back to a quarterback I met in 1998 (at San Jose State), and whose career, I've followed from afar, as he prepared himself for a role just like this. Marcus knows the West and is one of the country's best recruiters. He creates relationships with his student-athletes that last well beyond their playing days. He has the character to lead, the will to build and the passion to galvanize."

Reed-Francois introduced her new coach to an overflow crowd inside the Gaughan Family Dining Hall.

"Thank you to Athletic Director Francois and President Meana for believing in me and giving me this chance to lead your football team," said Arroyo. "Here we go. This is amazing. I'm so fired up and have been preparing for this job my whole life. The fact that I get to do it here with UNLV during this unique time in this community, is amazing. My goal here is to build and develop a culture founded in accountability and toughness. I told (the players) that last night and those two things will be at the forefront of everything we do and every decision we make. We have an important job to do with these young men and I plan to completely engage in that mission. As a staff, we'll be committed to helping them grow academically, athletically and socially.

"When you land here. When I started asking people about this place. When I got to know the leaders that are behind it and started seeing facilities like (the one we're in) and I started to put my ear to the pavement, it was very easy to see that the community was a huge aspect of why this place is going in the direction it is. It's eclectic. It's supportive. It's a sports town. It's really inviting. It wants to be great. My family fits here. We're West Coast people and this fits us perfectly. This is an awesome opportunity."

Arroyo, who turns 40 next month, becomes the 12th man charged to lead Rebel football, after most recently serving as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Oregon, which a week ago today won the Pac-12 Conference Championship and earned a spot in the Rose Bowl. During his time in Eugene, the Ducks went 27-12 overall, including winning 14 their last 16 outings, and qualified for three bowl games. One of his players, sophomore offensive lineman Penei Sewell, on Thursday became the first Oregon player to win the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding interior lineman in college football.

Arroyo was also instrumental in the development of quarterback Justin Herbert, a projected NFL first round pick who this week was presented the William V. Campbell Trophy. Recognized as the "Academic Heisman" the award goes to the player who best combined success in academics, football performance and community leadership. Herbert heads into the Rose Bowl with 3,333 yards passing to go with 32 touchdowns and just five interceptions while completing 66.7 percent of his passes as a senior. The Ducks rank 15th in the nation in scoring with an average of 35.9 points per game.

Arroyo's 2018 offense was one of just nine FBS teams to have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver. In 2017 as co-offensive coordinator, he helped Oregon lead the Pac-12 with seven performances of 40-plus points while finishing 12th nationally with 251 rush yards per game.

Arroyo graduated from San Jose State in 2003 with a degree in kinesiology. He is married to the former Kelly Thoni and the couple has one daughter, Cruz, born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 2006.


2019-PR           UNLV – Head Coach
2018-19            Oregon – Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
2017                 Oregon – Co-Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks, Tight Ends
2015-16            Oklahoma State – Running Backs
2014                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) – Interim Offensive Coordinator
2013                 Southern Mississippi – Offensive Coordinator, Outside Receivers
2011-12            California – Passing Game Coordinator
2009-10            Wyoming – Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
2007-08            San Jose State – Co-Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
2006                 San Jose State – Quarterbacks, Play Caller
2005                 San Jose State – Offensive Graduate Assistant
2004                 Prairie View A&M – Offensive Coordinator
2003                 San Jose State – Offensive Student Assistant