SACRAMENTO, Calif. – David Arseneault Jr. ‘09 enjoyed success first as a player and then as associate head coach for the high-scoring Grinnell College men’s basketball team.
Now he’ll have the opportunity to display his talents at the professional level.
The Sacramento Kings have tabbed Arseneault as head coach of their NBA D-League team, the Reno Bighorns.
As a player, Arseneault was a three-time finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award while finishing as the NCAA Division III all-time leader in career assists average with 9.4 per game.
In December 2007, Arseneault etched his name into the record books when his 34-assist performance against North Central (Minn.) shattered the NCAA record, regardless of level. That mark was broken last January by another Grinnell player, Patrick Maher ‘14.
In his final season playing for Grinnell, Arseneault led the nation in assists per game (10.2) and was third in assists-to-turnover ratio (3.0). He ranks ninth on the Pioneers’ all-time scoring chart with 1,462 points.
After a stint playing professionally overseas, Arseneault returned to Grinnell to serve as associate head coach for his father, David Arseneault Sr.
The elder Arseneault created the internationally-famous Grinnell “System” that has helped the Pioneers lead the NCAA in scoring 19 of the past 21 seasons while ranking first in 3-point shooting 17 of the past 21 years.
The younger Arseneault, who also was assistant women’s and men’s golf coach at Grinnell, served as interim men’s head basketball coach in 2012 while his father was on sabbatical.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to be the head coach of the Reno Bighorns,” said the younger Arseneault. “The Sacramento Kings have a special organization with a rich basketball tradition and a front office that is willing to think outside the box to achieve on-court success. I can’t wait to get to work in Reno and build off the success that the team had last year.”
Arseneault added that he enjoyed his time at Grinnell College.
“I’ve been fortunate to be a student-athlete and then coach at Grinnell College for the last nine years,” he said. “In particular, I’m thankful for the opportunity given to me by my father, who is one of the most innovative coaches in the country. He has allowed me to make the majority of decisions for the program over the last few years, which I believe has escalated my development as a coach and as a person.”
The Bighorns open their season at home Nov. 14 against the Iowa Energy. The Bighorns visit the Energy in Des Moines on March 8.
Note; Although this is old news this release just came from the Grinnell College Sports Information Director