Entering his fifth decade year in the program, Fred Arp's career has spanned the program's 36 straight winning seasons, 20 consecutive league championships and 17 NCAA playoff appearances.
In 2007, Arp concluded the season with yet another unusual milestone. The Aggies' win over San Diego represented his 416th UC Davis game, meaning he had coached exactly half of the 832 contests in program's 87-year history.
During his career, Arp has assisted four Aggie head coaches - Herb Schmalenberger, Jim Sochor, Bob Foster and Bob Biggs. Although he quietly toils behind the scenes, his contributions were recognized in 2003 when he won an AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
Arp began his coaching career while he was still an undergraduate at UC Davis and - save for a one-year stint as a graduate assistant at Northern Colorado in 1972 - has been a part of the successful Aggie football program ever since. His primary duties are with the defensive line, a unit that has produced four NFL draft picks over the years. Other D-line greats coached by Arp include Cal Aggie Athletic Hall of Famers Glenn Fricker, Chuck Fomasi and Tim Lajcik.
Arp graduated from UC Davis in 1967, earning his bachelor's degree in physical education (now exercise science). He went on to earn his master's from Sacramento State in 1971.
His philanthropic efforts have generously benefitted the entire UC Davis athletic department. Arp, who donates portions of his sports memorabilia collection to the annual Aggie Auction fundraiser, was instrumental in the completion of the ICA weight room campaign and was the first to establish a football endowment for athletic aid. He remains an integral part of the annual Holiday Drive, sponsored by UC Davis' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Arp and his wife Jane reside in the foothills community of Weimar, not far from Arp's hometown of Colfax. Their son, Ben, maintains a comprehensive website chronicling the history of the UC Davis football program. Jane is an avid photographer who has shot more than three decades of Aggie football.