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XFL Birmingham Bolts Personnel: Dave Arslanian
Personnel: Dave Arslanian
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Dave Arslanian
Offensive Coordinator/QB

With a lifetimes worth of experience at building programs, Dave Arslanian comes to Birmingham to build his wide-open, explosive brand of football to the Thunderbolts and the XFL.

We are fortunate to have an offensive innovator like Dave Arslanian on our staff, head coach Gerry DiNardo said. There are numerous offensive coaches we could have brought on board but I believe that none is better to help kick start a program than Dave.

Arslanian brings 11 years experience as a collegiate head coach to the Magic City, having served in that capacity for nine years at Weber State and two years at Utah State. Over that time he posted a 60-62 overall record, including the most wins in Weber State coaching history with 53.

Raised in a coaching family, Arslanian spent eight years as an assistant at Weber State before taking the reins as head coach. His brother Paul is currently a college coach and his dad, Sarkis Arslanian was the former head coach at Weber State and Colorado State, as well as high school teams in Colorado and Utah.

Bolts fans can take heart that Arslanian is cut from solid football stock. His father, Coach Sark is a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, the Weber State Hall of Fame and the Pop Warner National Hall of Fame. Only 13 coaches in NCAA history have better records.

One of six children, Arslanian has 17 years head coaching experience and has the reputation of finding and developing hidden talent. He successfully recruited and signed Josh Heupel, who was the runner up for the 2000 Heisman Trophy. Heupel left Weber State when Arslanian left to take the head coaching job at Utah State.

Arslanians plans are to install a high-powered vertical passing game in Birmingham, noting that there wont be any question that the Thunderbolts will be well-coached by someone who has a passion for the game beyond the Xs and Os.

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