Marcus Arroyo begins his second season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach for the Wyoming Cowboys in 2010. His first season at UW, Arroyo coached true freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, whom Arroyo also recruited out of San Jose, Calif. By the end of the `09 season, Carta-Samuels had been named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and the Offensive MVP in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl.
Also in his first year at Wyoming, Arroyo installed a new spread offense that helped the Cowboys score 30 or more points in five games in 2009. The Cowboys won all five of those games. Arroyo's offense displayed an ability to come from behind in his first season, recording five fourth-quarter comebacks. His offensive unit did an outstanding job of protecting the ball, as well. Wyoming ranked No. 7 in the nation in fewest turnovers lost (14) and was No. 15 in the NCAA in both fewest fumbles lost (7) and fewest interceptions thrown (7).
When Wyoming captured the 2009 New Mexico Bowl Championship, it marked the second time in four seasons that Arroyo was part of a New Mexico Bowl Championship team. His other championship came in 2006 while he was coaching at San Jose State.
Prior to coming to Wyoming, Arroyo was most recently the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach at his alma mater, San Jose State, where he was a former starting quarterback. He was the quarterbacks' coach and play-caller at his alma mater for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons, and was the co-offensive coordinator for the Spartans his final two seasons under head coach Dick Tomey.
In two of those three seasons, 2006 and 2008, the Spartans earned bowl eligible status. In 2006, San Jose State posted a record of 9-4, and earned a berth in the inaugural New Mexico Bowl where they defeated New Mexico by a score of 20-12. SJSU again achieved bowl eligibility status in 2008, with a 6-6 mark, but wasn't invited to a bowl game.
From 2006 to 2007, Arroyo tutored the Spartans' all-time leading passer and total-offense leader, Adam Tafralis. Tafralis holds school records for career passing yards (7,548) and career total offense (8,111). He also ranks third in school history in passing efficiency, with a career rating of 131.5. Tafralis set a San Jose State single-season record for completion percentage in 2006, completing 65.6 percent of his passes. He completed 62.8 percent of his passes in 2007, becoming the first quarterback in school history to complete 60 percent or more of his pass attempts in back-to-back seasons. In 2006, Tafralis ranked 11th in the NCAA in passing efficiency (155.13 rating) and the Spartans ranked 12th as a team (151.43). That 2006 team also ranked No. 47 in the NCAA in total offense (357.23 yards per game). The 2007 season saw Tafralis rank No. 35 in the country in both passing efficiency (135.56) and total offense (266.92 yards per game), while the Spartans ranked No. 33 in the nation in passing offense (264.33 yards per game). Tafralis went on to sign a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL in the spring of 2008.
Arroyo, himself, played quarterback for the Spartans in 1998 and from 2000-02. He ranks No. 9 in career passing yards (4,603), No. 9 in career total offense (4,525) and No. 10 in career passing efficiency (115.6 rating) at San Jose State. During his playing career, he led SJSU to a 27-24 win over then No. 9 ranked and previously unbeaten TCU in 2000. That same season, he guided the Spartans to a 40-27 road win over Stanford. Perhaps his best career game came against Nevada in 2001 when he completed 21 of 26 passes (80.8 percent) for 476 yards and five touchdowns, while posting a passer rating of 298.02 in a 64-45 home victory over the Wolfpack. The passer rating of 298.02 versus Nevada is a San Jose State single-game record as is the 849 yards of total offense the Spartans accumulated that day and the 35 first downs they gained against the Wolf Pack. He became only the second true freshman in school history to start at quarterback when he started five games in 1998.
Arroyo began his college coaching career in 2003, serving as an undergraduate assistant coach at his alma mater for one year. In 2004, he was the offensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M, an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team in Prairie View, Texas. He returned to San Jose State in 2005 as a graduate assistant coach before being elevated to a full-time assistant in 2006.
Arroyo is 30 years old, born Jan. 23, 1980. He completed his bachelor's degree in kinesiology at SJSU in 2003. Arroyo played his high school football at Colfax High School in Colfax, Calif.
He and his wife Kelly (Thoni) Arroyo were married on July 9, 2010. Kelly began her college career as a volleyball player at Southern Oregon University and later was a swimmer at San Jose State.
Arroyo will recruit Northern California and Houston for the Cowboys, as well the state of Wyoming.