Mark Arthur enters his second season as head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern Christian University.
Arthur took over control of the program following the departure of Darrick Matthews in 2015. Arthur previously coached the SCU men’s basketball program for 20 years until he stepped down to become full-time athletic director in 2012.
In his first season as head coach, the Lady Eagles went 15-15 and finished third in the Sooner Athletic Conference standings with a league record of 12-6. SCU notched its highest finish in the SAC standings since joining the conference in 2013.
While leading the SCU men's program, Arthur compiled over 400 wins in his 20 years as head coach. Arthur led the Eagles to eight national championships, four from the NCCAA and four from the ACCA.
Throughout his tenure, Arthur was named NCCAA regional coach of the year six times and in 2006 he was recognized as NCCAA national coach of the year. He has coached 12 all-Americans, 28 academic all-Americans and one NCCAA Pete Maravich National Player of the Year award winner.
Arthur was instrumental in reviving the SCU athletic program when he began working as the SCU financial aid director in 1991. In the Fall of 1992, SCU relaunched its men's basketball program with Arthur as head coach. Two decades later, the athletic department has grown to 16 sports with student-athletes competing in both the NAIA and NCCAA.
in 2012, Arthur stepped down as men's basketball coach and became SCU's full-time athletic director.
As a player, Arthur competed for SCU, then known as Oklahoma City Southwestern College from 1978-80. While at OCSC, Arthur earned his Associate of Arts Degree before going on to transfer to Central Oklahoma where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in education.
In 2008, the court in Pickens-Springer Gymnasium was named 'Mark Arthur Court' in recognition of achievements at SCU. He was inducted into the SCU Hall of Fame in 2013.
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