John Carroll University Football legend Tom Arth ‘03 joins Los Angeles Chargers’ staff

Joseph Dreyer, Staff Reporter

On Feb.9, the Los Angeles Chargers hired former John Carroll University Football Quarterback and Head Coach Tom Arth ‘03 to be their new passing game coordinator. 

The move by the Chargers reunites Arth with his former defensive coordinator while he was head coach at John Carroll, Brandon Staley. 

Arth will be the fourth Blue Streak hired by the Los Angeles Chargers. Tom Telesco ‘95 serves as the Chargers’ general manager, and Danny Markino ‘18 is a Football Communications Coordinator for the Chargers. 

Arth joins a potent passing attack in Los Angeles, featuring one of the game’s biggest rising quarterback Justin Herbert and talented wide receiver weapons of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, as well as running back Austin Ekeler. 

With a talented offensive mind like Arth’s joining the staff, fans can expect another season of explosive offense in Los Angeles. 

Arth arrived at John Carroll as a freshman in 1999, and immediately became the Blue Streaks’ starting quarterback. 

Former JCU Football head coach Tom Arth celebrates after a touchdown. (JCU Sports Info)

After earning the starting job, he never looked back and started every game he could in his four  seasons at John Carroll.  

Arth holds the majority of the JCU program’s passing records and led the Blue Streaks to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Semifinals for the first time in program history. 

After graduating, Arth went on to back up Peyton Manning in Indianapolis for three seasons. He was released in 2005 and went on to do stints in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League. 

After his playing career concluded, Arth returned to his Alma Mater as an assistant coach and director of football operations from 2010-2012. 

In 2013, he took over at the helm of John Carroll’s Football program. In four seasons as head coach of the Blue Streaks, Arth compiled an overall record of 40-8 and led the Blue Streaks to one OAC Championship in 2016 after defeating archrival Mount Union.

Arth went on to become the head coach of Tennessee Chattanooga from 2017-2018. Most recently, he was the head coach at NCAA Division I Akron University, where he compiled an overall record of 3-24. 

Arth was fired from Akron towards the end of his third season coaching. He’ll look for a fresh start with a familiar face in Los Angeles. 

Arth becomes the 30th current NFL hire with Blue Streak ties, joining Staley, Texans General Manager Nick Caserio, Ravens Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman and newly hired Raiders Head Coach Josh McDaniels. 

He’ll look to continue the success of recent Blue Streak alumni as he continues to keep the John Carroll University to NFL pipeline alive for many years.