Wednesday Feb 16 2011
Cal tags Marcus Arroyo
1998 Colfax graduate college's new QB coach
Marcus Arroyo?s ascent up the collegiate football coaching ranks continued recently when the former Colfax High grid standout was named the new quarterbacks coach for the California Golden Bears. Arroyo, a 1998 CHS graduate who directed Colfax High to a pair of league championships and earned Cal-Hi Sports all-state quarterback honors in his senior season, takes the new position at Cal after being the offensive coordinator at Wyoming the past two seasons. ?It was a tremendous opportunity that I couldn?t pass up,? said Arroyo. ?To be able to get to the Pac-10 and coach under a coach like Jeff Tedford is something I?ve always dreamed about.? Arroyo, who turned 31 in January, started his coaching career at San Jose State as an undergraduate assistant in 2003. In 2004, he went to Prairie View in Texas where he was the offensive coordinator. He then returned to San Jose State in 2005 working as an assistant coach and quarterbacks coach. In 2006, Arroyo was given the title of offensive coordinator in addition to his previous positions. After the 2008 season concluded, Arroyo accepted new Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen?s offer to be the Cowboys? offensive coordinator. At San Jose State, Arroyo was the starting quarterback for the Spartans from the 1998 ? 2001 seasons. Arroyo ranks eighth in passing yards (4,603), ninth in completions (348) and total offense (4,525 yards). He still holds the school records for single-game passing efficiency and average yards per completion. Arroyo played in the NCAA record setting game against Stanford in 2001 where he threw five TD passes and the teams put up the score 64-45 and set a new mark for total offense in a game. Colfax High football coach Tony Martello was pleasantly surprised when told about Cal?s hiring of Arroyo. ?I?m surprised but not shocked,? said Martello. ?Marcus has done a fine job wherever he?s landed. To be in his early 30s and reach the Pac-10 is a big deal. I?m really proud of him.? Cal will open its 2011 season against Fresno State at Candlestick Park in San Francisco Sept. 3.