Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Resigns



June 12, 2001

LOGAN, Utah - Mark Arce, who has been an assistant men's basketball coach at Utah State University for the past two years has resigned to accept the head coaching job at West Hills Community College in Coalinga, Calif.

Prior to joining the Aggies staff following the 1998-99 season, Arce spent six seasons as the head coach at Bakersfield Junior College in Bakersfield, Calif., compiling an overall record of 107-88. In his two seasons at USU, the Aggies won back-to-back Big West Championships with identical 28-6 records.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to once again be a head coach at West Hills Community College," commented Arce. "The past two years at Utah State have been awesome in terms of the success and support we have had. Working under one of the best coaches in the country in Stew Morrill has given me invaluable experience that will definitely help me throughout my coaching career."

"This is a very positive opportunity for Mark and his family not only from a financial perspective but it also affords him the chance to again be a head coach at the junior college level," commented USU head coach Stew Morrill. "We are very appreciative of the contributions that Coach Arce has made to our program during the past two years. We wish him great success in his coaching future and we certainly will miss him at Utah State."

A nation-wide search to replace Arce will begin immediately.



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