Grinnell College Director of Athletics and Recreation Greg Wallace has announced David N. Arseneault ’09 (pictured) will serve as interim coach of the Pioneer men’s basketball team for the second half of the 2011-12 campaign.
Arseneault will serve during that span while his father and head coach, David Arseneault, takes a semester's sabbatical leave granted by the college. This leave gives the senior Arsenault an opportunity to research the national impact of the famed Grinnell “System.”
The younger Arseneault is no stranger to the Pioneer program, having served as the team’s assistant coach the past two years after wrapping up a successful playing career at Grinnell.
He 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.
As a junior, Arseneault etched his name into the record books when his 34-assist performance against North Central (Minn.) shattered the NCAA record, regardless of level. In his final season, he led the nation in assists per game (10.2) and was third in assists-to-turnover ratio (3.0). He ranks eighth on the Pioneers' all-time scoring chart with 1,462 points.
As an assistant coach for the team, Arseneault helped guide the Pioneers to a stellar season in 2010-11 as the team won 10 of its final 11 games and advanced to the championship game of the Midwest Conference Tournament.
Arseneault has also served as an assistant coach for the Pioneer football and softball programs in recent years.