Bruce Arians is the curent head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Arians, a 63-year-old native of Paterson, NJ, became head coach of the Cardinals in 2013. Arians served as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech from 1975 to 1977, where hs got his start in coaching and has been patrolling sidelines ever since.
Prior to his graduate assistant days at Virginia Tech, Arians played college football for the Hokies in the early 1970s, and was the starting quarterback as a senior. Following his days at Virginia Tech, Arians became running backs and wide receivers coach for Mississippi State from 1978-1980, before becoming the Alabama running backs coach from 1981-1982. His first head coaching gig was at Temple University (1983-1988), and then he made his NFL coaching debut as a running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989-1992.
Arians then returned to college football as the offensive coordinator for Mississippi State from 1993-1995. In 1996, he went back to the professional ranks as a tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints. Arians returned to Alabama for one year in 1997, serving as the offensive coordinator.
Thereafter, Arians stayed in the NFL. He was quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2000, and then offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns from 2001-2003. He joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as a wide receivers coach from 2004-2006 and was Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator from 2007-2011. In 2012, Arians joined the Indianapolis Colts as the offensive coordinator and served as Interim head coach when Chuck Pagano left following his diagnosis with acute promyelocytic leukemia, from which he eventually recovered. Arians’ time as Colts interim head coach earned him AP Head Coach of the Year honors. Arizona hired him shortly thereafter in 2013.
Arians has won another Coach of the Year award since, last season (2014) with the Cardinals, and has praised the fans of Arizona for being an integral part in his and the team’s success in Glendale since he arrived.