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Now in his 23rd year at Grinnell College, Head Coach David Arseneault has become nationally and internationally renowned for his innovative coaching techniques and offensive-minded basketball.
Known for full-court pressing and three-point shooting, his teams have led all playing levels in scoring for 16 of the past 18 seasons, while ranking first in the country in three-point shooting for the 14 of the past 18 years.
In 2003-04, his Pioneers led the country in scoring with a then-NCAA record of 126.2 points per game. During the 2001-02 campaign, the team averaged previous NCAA record marks of 124.9 ppg and 20.4 three-pointers per contest.
A by-product of his high-flying, fast-paced basketball has been increased player participation, enthusiastic home crowds and a virtual assault on the offensive records section compiled by the NCAA Statistics Office.
While on sabbatical in 1996, Arseneault fulfilled numerous coaches' requests by publishing a book entitled, "The Running Game - A Formula for Success" and an instructional video called "Running To Extremes." In 2004, he produced another video, "Running to Win" that describes the evolution of the program's playing style. These instructional tools explain his unique playing and substitution style, which emphasize shooting the ball every 12 seconds and incorporating as many as 16 players per outing.
Arseneault received his Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Science from Colby College (1976) and Master of Education from Brock University (1985). He has been honored as the Midwest Conference Coach of the Year five times (1993-94, 1995-96, 2000-01, 2008-09, 2010-11) and has led the Pioneers to 10 post-season appearances and five Midwest Conference Championships (1995-96, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, and 2008-09).
In addition to heading up Grinnell's prestigious men's basketball program, Arseneault has also led the College's women's golf team since 2000.
Arseneault resides in Grinnell along with his wife, Ellie, a third-grade teacher at Davis Elementary School. They have two children – David, a former Pioneer standout basketball player served an assistant coach for his father at Grinnell last season, and Jennie.