Bruce Arians

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Bruce Arians
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleInterim head coach
Offensive coordinator
TeamIndianapolis Colts
Record1–0
Biographical details
Born(1952-10-03) October 3, 1952 (age 60)
Paterson, New Jersey
Alma materVirginia Tech
Playing career
1972–1974Virginia Tech
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975–1977
1978–1980
1981–1982
1983–1988
1989–1992
1993–1995
1996
1997
1998–2000
2001–2003
2004–2006
2007–2011
2012–present
Virginia Tech (GA)
Mississippi State (RB/WR)
Alabama (RB)
Temple
Kansas City Chiefs (RB)
Mississippi State (OC)
New Orleans Saints (TE)
Alabama (OC)
Indianapolis Colts (QB)
Cleveland Browns (OC)
Pittsburgh Steelers (WR)
Pittsburgh Steelers (OC)
Indianapolis Colts (interim/OC)
Head coaching record
Overall21–45 (NCAA)
1–0 (NFL)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
 
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Bruce Arians
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleInterim head coach
Offensive coordinator
TeamIndianapolis Colts
Record1–0
Biographical details
Born(1952-10-03) October 3, 1952 (age 60)
Paterson, New Jersey
Alma materVirginia Tech
Playing career
1972–1974Virginia Tech
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975–1977
1978–1980
1981–1982
1983–1988
1989–1992
1993–1995
1996
1997
1998–2000
2001–2003
2004–2006
2007–2011
2012–present
Virginia Tech (GA)
Mississippi State (RB/WR)
Alabama (RB)
Temple
Kansas City Chiefs (RB)
Mississippi State (OC)
New Orleans Saints (TE)
Alabama (OC)
Indianapolis Colts (QB)
Cleveland Browns (OC)
Pittsburgh Steelers (WR)
Pittsburgh Steelers (OC)
Indianapolis Colts (interim/OC)
Head coaching record
Overall21–45 (NCAA)
1–0 (NFL)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Bruce Arians (born October 3, 1952[1]) is an American football coach who currently serves as the interim head coach and offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He has also been a head coach at the collegiate level. He was the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007 to 2011 after being promoted from wide receivers coach, a position that he had held with the team since the 2004 season.

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Playing career

Arians attended and played college football at Virginia Tech. As a senior in 1974, Arians was the starting quarterback for the Hokies football team. That season he completed 53 of 118 passing attempts (44.9% completion pct.) for 952 yards with three passing touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also added eight more touchdowns rushing.[2]

Coaching career

College

Arians began his coaching career in 1975 as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech. Arians then held an assistant coaching position at Mississippi State University (running backs and wide receivers) from 1978-80 before heading to the University of Alabama to coach the running backs from 1981-82 under Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Arians was also the head coach at Temple University from 1983-88. He also held positions with Mississippi State (offensive coordinator, 1993–95) and Alabama (offensive coordinator, 1997).

NFL

At the end of the college football season in 1988, Arians was hired in the NFL as a running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. It was during this time with the Chiefs that he worked with the coach who brought him to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bill Cowher. He also spent one season as the tight ends coach of the New Orleans Saints. Following this stint was when he made a name for himself when he got the job as the quarterbacks coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He was the first quarterback coach of Peyton Manning when he arrived in the NFL. Afterward, he was hired as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. After two seasons with the Browns, he was hired by Bill Cowher as the wide receivers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. On January 23, 2007, he was promoted to offensive coordinator of the Steelers, a position he held until his contract expired after the 2011 season.[3]. On January 28, 2012, Arians agreed to become the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts, replacing Clyde Christensen. [4] On October 1, 2012, Arians was reported to have been named the interim head coach of the Colts following coach Chuck Pagano's leukemia diagnosis.[5]

Personal

He and his wife Christine have a son, Jake (34), who played briefly for the Buffalo Bills, and a daughter, Kristi Anne (31). He graduated from William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania.[6] Earlier, he attended York Catholic High School,[7] where he was a standout scholastic quarterback.

Head coaching record

College

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Temple Owls () (1983–1988)
1983Temple4-7
1984Temple6-5
1985Temple4-7
1986Temple0-11*
1987Temple3-8
1988Temple4-7
Temple:21-45
Total:21-45
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

* 1986 team was 6-5 on the field, but had to forfeit their wins due to the presence of an ineligible player on their roster.

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Clyde Christensen
Indianapolis Colts Offensive Coordinators
2012–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ken Whisenhunt
Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Todd Haley
Preceded by
Frank Conti
Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Terry Robiskie