Head Basketball Coach
Tra Arnold enters his first year as the head coach of the Odessa College Wrangler men’s basketball program.
For the past 3 seasons, Coach Arnold has held the same position at Blinn College. In just 3 seasons at Blinn College, Coach Arnold built a Region contender setting the school record for most wins achieved in a season and leading Blinn College to the school’s first ever Region Championship game. . Arnold has recruited and coached numerous All-Region and All-Conference players, and has had an NJCAA All-American award winner in each of the past 3 seasons.
A native of Houston, Arnold is a graduate of Clear Creek High School where he played for Coach Buddy Carlisle. He then played for the College of Southern Idaho, which was ranked as the No. 1 junior college program in 2000-2001. He later played at Biola University in La Mirada, California under Dave Holmquist.
Coach Arnold and his wife Jodi reside in Odessa, and they have two son Tavin and Carson.
Coach Arnold received an associate in arts degree from College of Southern Idaho in 2002. He then earned his bachelor’s in kinesiology from Biola University in 2005, and his master’s in physical education from Prairie View A&M University in 2009.