Tom Arth accepts offer to become University of Akron’s head football coach

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Tom Arth accepts offer to become University of Akron’s head football coach

Former JCU Football head coach Tom Arth celebrates after a touchdown.

Former JCU Football head coach Tom Arth celebrates after a touchdown.

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Former JCU Football head coach Tom Arth celebrates after a touchdown.

JCU Sports Info

JCU Sports Info

Former JCU Football head coach Tom Arth celebrates after a touchdown.

Kyle Kelly, Sports Editor

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Former John Carroll University head football coach Tom Arth has accepted the University of Akron’s head football coach position, a source confirmed this afternoon. Football Scoop first reported the move. An official announcement from Akron is expected today.

Arth, the current head coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, received an interview with Akron last week multiple sources told The Carroll News. Although the nature of the first interview between the Zips and Arth is unknown, Arth impressed Akron enough to warrant a second interview this week.

After being offered the position, Arth accepted the job with Akron and decided to move on from Chattanooga. He led the Mocs to a 9–16 record since his hiring in 2017.

Arth, a native of Westlake, Ohio, spent four seasons as John Carroll’s head coach where, in 2016, he led the Blue Streaks to their first OAC Championship since 1989 and finished with a career record of 40–8.

A press conference will be held at the University of Akron to introduce Arth as the head football coach on Monday, Dec. 17.

The Carroll News first reported that Arth was Akron’s top candidate for their head football coach position on Dec. 4.

Editor’s note: Sources for this story requested to speak anonymously because a public statement could impact their jobs.

Any further details will be provided as they are learned.