FOOTBALL, PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL COACH
Darren Arbet is the most successful “home grown” professional coach in Stockton’s sports history. Born and raised in Stockton, Darren graduated from Edison High School and Sacramento State University. At Edison, Darren was a standout in football and track & field. He was twice
selected All-League as a defensive end while at Sacramento State.
He played professionally for the Los Angeles Cobras (1988) and the Maryland Commandos (1989) of the Arena Football League.
He coached tight ends at Sacramento State (1990); was fullbacks and linebackers coach for the Albany Firebirds (1992-94); defensive coordinator for the Firebirds (1995-98); and head coach of the San Jose Sabercats (1999-2015).
As a head coach of the Sabercats, his teams were four-time Arena Bowl Champions (2002, ’04, ’07, ’15). Two times he was selected as AFL Coach of the Year, having amassed a career record of 188-82 (.696).
In 2002, Darren became the first African-American head coach to win a pro football championship in North America when he coached the Sabercats to a victory in Arena Bowl
XVI. Also in 2002, he was inducted into the African American Athletic Hall of Fame in Stockton.
He was selected to the Arena Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Darren is actively involved with Edison High and the Southside Vikings Pop Warner football teams. He is also involved with the Edison High Alumni Association.
In the fall of 2016, Darren is serving as the Assistant Head Coach responsible for the linebackers and special teams at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
Darren and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Lamarr and Dominik.