Coach Arnold the Mind Behind Indians Aesthetics

Published 05/05 2013 10:51PM

Updated 05/05 2013 11:33PM

(ST. JOSEPH) If you see any sign of Central Athletics, chances are it's come from Kyle Arnold. After coaching stints at Lafayette and Bishop LeBlond, Arnold came to Central three years ago as an assistant to head football coach Jeff Wallace. 

His eye for graphic design quickly caught on.

"The bonus was basically that I knew all the graphics and web stuff," Arnold said. "He'd seen the websites I'd done before. He had an idea of what he was wanting and I just kind of ran with it and surprised him one day."

"In today's day and age, it's very important to get your brand out there," Wallace said. "He's done an excellent job and it really gives people outside a good look at who we are, what we do, and what we're about.

From websites to T-shirts to helmets, if it's Indians Football, it's a brainchild of Arnold's.

Now, in his third year as a graphic design teacher, his biggest project, the new Morgan Multipurpose Athletic Building, has become a department-wide job.

"My entire class actually designed all of the artwork up here," he said. "We projected the graphics up on the wall, taped it, and painted it."

"It's definitely the most hands-on experience in a graphics class that I've had. It was really cool," Central student Max Mitchem said.

"Especially something like this and the 'Family All In', as I'm graduating, it's sort of my mark on the school," student Drew Bodicky added.

The influence of Arnold and his students is seen not just on the walls of Morgan, but throughout Central.

"I do some of the shirts for some of the other sports," Arnold said. "I do some of the individual sports posters they want for their team. I always try to include a senior photographer to take the pictures and I'll do the graphics work."

After a year away from the sideline, he'll return to the Indians' staff next season as tight ends coach.

That means he, too, will be able to reach out and touch the murals he helped create come opening night.

"It just creates more people that want to come see what we're all about. It definitely makes me happy that some people are excited about the things I've done to help this program."

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