When Mark Arthur came to Southwestern Christian University in the spring of 1991, the small, private bible college did not field a single intercollegiate athletic program.
It wasn't always that way, though. Arthur himself had played for SCU, then known as Oklahoma City Southwestern College from 1978-1980. The program was shut down in 1982.
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.
Returning to SCU in 1991 as the financial aid director, Arthur immediately began to look at the possibility of re-launching the men's basketball team. He knew that bringing back intercollegiate athletics would build school spirit and give the institution an edge in recruiting.
In the Fall of 1992, the men's basketball program was re-birthed with Arthur as head coach.
Two decades later, the athletic department has grown to 16 sports with student-athletes competing in both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
At the close of the 2011-12 basketball season, Arthur announced his retirement after 20 years at the helm of the men's basketball program. He felt like the SCU athletic department had grown to a point that, in order to be successful, it was going to need a full-time athletic director.
Arthur saw this as a new challenge and accepted the position, stating, "In life we need new challenges to keep us motivated, and I look forward to this new challenge."
While leading the SCU men's basketball program, Arthur compiled an overall record of 404-329. In his 20 years as head coach, Arthur acquired a decorative collection of achievements, including eight national championships, four from the NCCAA and four from the ACCA, and In 2006 he was recognized as NCCAA national coach of the year.
Throughout his tenure, Arthur has been named region coach of the year seven times and has has coached 12 all-Americans, 28 academic all-Americans and one Pete Maravich National Player of the Year award winner.
In 2008, Arthur's career was highlighted with a capstone moment in the naming of the ‘Mark Arthur Court' at the Pickens-Springer Gymnasium.