Arlington Nunn is in his second season on the Lamar Cardinals coaching staff. After eight seasons at Stephen F. Austin working with several different position groups during his stint, Nunn comes to Beaumont where he will work with the LU receivers.
Nunn has made a name for himself of transforming his athletes into one of the best position groups in the conference. He spent his first three seasons in Nacogdoches working with the receivers where he produced some of the nation's top talent. Three of Nunn's receivers earned all-conference honors, including the school's top-two all-time leading receivers, and former All-American Dominique Edison would go on to be an NFL draft selection of the Tennessee Titans.
Following three seasons working with the wide outs, Nunn was asked to take over a struggling Lumberjack secondary. Nunn converted what had been a weak link in the SFA defense into one of the strongest units in the Southland Conference. Under Nunn's guidance, the Lumberjack secondary went from a conference also-ran to the top pass defense in the league. His first season working with the defensive backs, Nunn produced three All-SLC selections, the SLC Newcomer of the Year and an All-American.
Nothing changed during his first season in Beaumont as the Cardinals’ wideouts proved to be the strongest in the Southland Conference. Led by 2014 All-American Mark Roberts, the receivers made Lamar’s passing offense one of the most feared in the nation. The Cardinals finished the season seventh nationally averaging better than 314 yards through the air per game. Roberts was ranked 11th in the country in receiving yards (1,157 yds), and seventh in touchdown receptions. Following the season, Roberts also received an invite to minicamp with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Roberts wasn’t the only weapon at Nunn’s disposal in 2014. Beaumont native Reggie Begelton put together another all-conference season hauling in 67 passes for 860 yards and six touchdowns. A two-time All-SLC selection, Begelton enters the 2014 campaign on pace to become the school’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches.
Nunn has produced 14 All-SLC selections in the past nine years, including four first-team selections. Nunn has also coached a former conference newcomer of the year and six All-Americans.
Prior to his most recent stop in Nacogdoches, Nunn originally went to SFA in 1996 where he spent five seasons working with the 'Jacks' linebackers and secondary. He helped tutor two-time All-American and former Pro Bowl linebacker Jeremiah Trotter. He also was a member of the 1999 coaching staff that guided the 'Jacks to a Southland Football League title.
The Clearwater, Fla., native has made stops at Baylor, Navarro Junior College and Sam Houston State before arriving on the SFA campus the first time. After leaving Nacogdoches, Nunn spent three years as the receivers' coach at Troy State before moving to Mississippi to coach running backs.
A 1991 graduate of Clemson, Nunn was a standout performer for the Tigers, helping Clemson to four-straight 10-2 records and two ACC titles. An Academic All-ACC pick as a junior, Nunn was a member of the Tigers' top-ranked defensive unit during his final season.
A 21-year college coaching veteran, Nunn holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Clemson and a Master of Science in education from Baylor. Nunn and his wife, Monique, are the parents of two daughters, Alyssa (12) and Aria (6).