Mark Arce
Mark Arce
Title: Head Basketball Coach
Phone: (559) 934-2460

With 348 career wins at the California community college level, Mark Arce continues to climb the state's all-time list.

He is also one of two head coaches in the state history to reach the Elite Eight with schools from each region.

Arce was named head basketball coach at West Hills College Coalinga in 2001.

In 15 seasons, Arce has guided the Falcons to 241 victories and eight California Community College Athletic Association postseason appearances.

Arce has been voted Central Valley Conference "Coach of the Year" twice (2006-07 & 2015-16).

His 2006-07 team advanced the CCCAA Elite Eight and finished with a 27-11 record. As the No. 5 seed, the Falcons - led by All-State guard Brandon Brown - upset state-power City College of San Francisco and reached the state championship weekend tournament in Fresno.

The following season, WHCC had another All-State guard in JC Snead - and the team returned to the state playoffs, finishing 19-16.

In 2004-05, when the school posted a 18-9 record, center Marvin Moss was voted All-State. That team also featured David Lainhart, who was selected State Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year runner-up. Lainhart is a 2016 WHCC Hall of Fame inductee.

From 1993-1998, Arce was the head coach at Bakersfield College, compiling a record of 107-88. In those six seasons, he led the Renegades to five postseason berths.

In his last season at BC, his team went 32-4 and reached the state championship final.

That led Arce to serving as assistant coach at Utah State University for two seasons (1999-2001). During his time with Utah State, the Aggies were 56-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

A 1983 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Arce began his coaching career in 1984 at Stillwater High School before moving on to Blackwell (Okla.) High School in 1985-86. Arce then entered the college ranks, becoming an assistant at Columbia (Calif.) Junior College in 1987 and Cal State Bakersfield from 1988-92. The Cal State Bakersfield teams advanced to the Division II playoffs all five years and reached the National Championship game in 1990.

Coach Arce played basketball at Moore (Okla.) High School and St. Gregory (Okla.) Junior College. He was born in Long Beach, California on May 25, 1959. He and his wife Sharon have three children, Brett, Meagan, and Troy.


-Assistant, Stillwater (Okla.) HS, 1984
-Assistant, Blackwell (Okla.) HS, 1985-86
-Assistant, Columbia (Calif.) Junior College, 1987
-Assistant, Cal State Bakersfield, 1988-92
-Head Coach, Bakersfield (Calif.) Junior College, 1993-1998
-Assistant, Utah State, 1999-2001
-Head Coach, West Hills (Calif.) Community College, 2001-present


-Moore (Okla.) HS, 1978
-Oklahoma State, 1983 (BA in Special Education)
-Cal State Bakersfield, 1993 (MA in Student Personnel and Guidance Counseling)


-Born May 25,1959 in Long Beach, California
-Married to the former Sharon McGrath
-Has three children; Brett, Meagan, and Troy