Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1989-03-271
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Monday, March 27, 1989 Celebrating the Weber State College Centennial Vol. 49 No. 55 Head coach position dream come true for Dave Arslanian By Ethan Yorgason Sports Editor It's a dream come true for Dave Arslanian. The long-time Weber State assistant football coach was given the chance at the one job he always wanted the head coaching position of the Wildcats. Arslanian, who spent the last eight years on Mike Price's staff, was ramcd as head coach Mar. 15, shortly after Price was selected as the head coach at Washington State University. "I think all of you that know me know how thrilled I am and how anxious I am for .this opportunity," said Arslanian at the press conference announcing his selection. "It's been a lifelong dream." Just as Price did, in the press conference when he was announced as Washington State's coach, Arslanian said that this job is the one he's always wanted. "I think Mike Price expressed it best of all when he said that Washington State is his school and that he's thrilled, and that's the job he's always dreamed of," said Arslanian. "Weber State is my school, it's the job I've always dreamed of." 7 -O- j Dave Arslanian Part of Arslanian's dream to coach here may be because of his father Sark's success at Weber. Sark Arslanian was the winningest coach in Weber State history. The younger Arslanian played football during that time at Bonneville High School and Weber State, graduating from college in 1972. He then got a job with Frank Kush as a graduate assistant, joined the first staff at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College and later took over at Snow College for two years before coming to Weber State. "Twice while I was at Snow College I applied for the head coaching job here and could not get it," said Arslanian. "Mike Price knew that when he hired me. A lot of coaches would have felt threatened by that. But he brought me in knowing that I could give some stability and that I had a great love for the school." Arslanian was first hired by Price as a running back coach and recruiting coordinator in 1981. He was named as the assistant head coach in 1983 and as offensive coordinator in 1986. While lie inherited Price's offensive system, during his three years as the offensive coordinator the Wildcats avcra.cCd 33 points and 440 yards as game. Price even had enough confidence in Arslanian running the offense that he moved from his first love offense in 1987 to concentrating more on the defense. As head coach Arslanian does not see a lot of changes for the Wildcats in their total philosophy. "Our offense is going to stay the same," he said. "Nothing is going to change on our offense. We've got a great offensive package." (see ARSLANIAN on page 7) WSU head coach position takes Mike Price home By Ethan Yorgason Sports Editor It almost seems that WSC is a training ground for WSU. At least that's the impression that one gets after Mike Price became the second Weber State College head coach to be hired this year by Washington State University. Price, the Wildcats' football coach for eight years and athletic director for one year, joined former WSC volleyball coach Cindy Fredrick at Washington State two weeks ago. While for Fredrick, the job at Washington State meant a substantial pay raise and a chance to coach in a highly-respected conference, it meant more than that for Price. It was a move home for him. Price played football at Washington State in 1967-68 and was an assistant under three different Cougar head coaches in the 1970's. He applied for the top position at Washington State two years ago, but lost out to Dennis Erickson, the man he now replaces. Erickson bought his way out of the last two yearson his contractat Washington State as he left the school to take the place of Jimmy Johnson at the University of Miami. Johnson, of course, was hired by the Dallas Cowboys to replace Tom Landry when new owners acquired the team. Washington State supporters had been somewhat shocked by the departure of Erickson, who promised loyalty to the school when he was hired two years ago. Price assured Cougar boosters that his blood really did flow Washington State crimson and white. As reported by the Standard-Examiner, Price told Cougar supporters at the news conference announcing his hiring, "I'm not embarrassed that I'm a Cougar. I was a Cougar 10 years ago, I'm a Cougar today, and I'll be one 10 years from now." Earlier Price had told the Wildcat athletic staff, "For a large part of my career, all I dreamed about was being the head football coach at Washington State (see PRICE on page 7) - - r " i' . t(H i . x. , . , . 5 i,'-fj:. . .l.'.. - 4.K'jr v. ' r 1 A IT 3 " A ' v' v Jl i v p 1 x K ' - ' - i ...... . - 1 K ' 4 ( ' " ..V PICKING UP COLORED EGGS was what kept I morning at the Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by AlyciaGathcrcolebusyforafewminutesSaturday I ASVVSC. (The Signpost photo: Jill Titensor) Children hunt for Easter eggs on PT playing field By Jill Titensor Managing Editor Like water gushing from the spillway of a reservoir, children of all ages rushed onto the PT play field Saturday morning at 9:00 to see who could gather the most eggs at Weber State's annual Easter egg hunt. Within five minutes there were no eggs or candy left to be found. And by 9: 15 the children and their parents had also vanished. According to ASWSC Executive Vice-President Kristcn Olsen, people started arriving around 8:15 a.m. for the hunt. They were quite anxious for the hunt to begin. For a group of older kids she pointed at the clock tower and told them as soon as it was 9:00, they could start. While the kids waited for the "big hand to get on the 12," they had a chance to visit the Easter Bunny who made a special appearance. In an interview after the hunt the Easter Bunny related how one child asked if he had batteries and how another child asked if he could lay an egg. This year's event was sponsored by ASWSC. There were over 1500 plastic eggs and candies scattered about the field for the children to find. To keep things fair, the children were split into three age groups 3 and under, four to six, and seven and up. The children and their parents were informed that some of the eggs had white stickers inside. If they found one of these special eggs they would win a prize. Some of the prizes included kites, baseballs and bats. And, so nobody would leave empty handed, there were balloons for everybody.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1989-03-27, Vol. 49, No. 55|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|