CMU Announces James Arnold as Women's Basketball Head Coach
FAYETTE, MO - James Arnold has been announced as the new of Central Methodist University's women's basketball program after serving as head coach at Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas since 2007-08. During his four years at Highland, Arnold led the program to back-to-back NJCAA Region 6 runner-up finishes in both 2010 and 2011. The Highland women's basketball team also spent eight straight weeks ranked in the NJCAA Top 15 in 2009.
Arnold spent five seasons as an assistant coach at North Central Missouri College where the Lady Pirates won the NJCAA Region 16 Championship in 2002-03. Arnold was then promoted to head coach of the program where he helped the program set school records with 26 regular-season wins, four playoff wins and the first 30-win season in school history as well as a sixth place finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in 2006-07. The record-setting team, including Arnold and his coaching staff, was inducted into the North Central Missouri College Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2008. Arnold was named the NJCAA Region 16 Coach-of-the-Year in both 2004 and 2007.
"We are excited to have a coach of James's caliber bring his talent to Central Methodist," Webster said. "He has been extremely successful at the junior college level. I am excited and confident that he will raise our women's basketball program to new levels."
Arnold has coached one 1st Team All-American, one 3rd Team All-American, 18 1st Team All-Region selections, two 2nd Team All-KJCCC honorees, and one National Tournament All-Tournament team member. Arnold's athletes have also excelled in the classroom, where he has had 13 Academic All-Americans in his eight years as a head coach at the NJCAA level.
A native of Paw Paw, West Virginia, Arnold played collegiate basketball at Glenville State College where he received his bachelor's degree. He spent one season as a student assistant coach for the Pioneers before becoming the head boys' basketball coach at Mt. View Academy in Winchester, Virginia for one season.