Head coach Marc Arce is entering his 26th campaign as the head men's and women's track and field coach during the 2013-14 season. Under his guidance and leadership, the program has developed into one of the elite in the nation.
In 2012-13, Arce coached Jessica Rowland to a national championship during the outdoor season in the hammer throw and saw Derrick Vicars earned Midwest Field Athlete of the Year honors during the outdoor campaign.
During the 2011-12 campaign, Arce was honored by being named the NCAA Division II Midwest Coach of the Year as well as the GLIAC Indoor Men's Track Coach of the Year. During his watch, Raven Clay (60-meter hurdles), Shane Shockey (pole vault) and Derrick Vicars (shot put) each won national titles for Findlay.
Arce led the Oilers to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championship on the men's side and placed tenth with the women. During the outdoor season, the men placed seventh while the women came in 13th.
In 2009-10, Arce saw Derrick Vicars win a national championship in the discus at the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Meet and the men's team collected 13 all-Americans during the indoor and outdoor campaigns. The women's team racked up four all-American awards in 2009-10 as well.
In 2007-08, the women's outdoor team had one of their best seasons ever as they finished 14th at the NCAA Division II National Championship behind two national championship performances by Kirby Blackley. She won titles in the long jump and 100 meter hurdles as well as being rewarded as the NCAA Division II Athlete of the Year.
The women's team also placed third at the GLIAC indoor and outdoor championships as Arce was voted the Coach of the Year in the winter.
Arce, who coached the Oilers men's and women's cross country teams for 25 years until stepping down in 2013, saw his women's cross country team plac second at the 2006 GLIAC Championship and third at regionals to advance to the national championships for the first time in school history. The women went on to take 18th at nationals in their first appearance.
Arce has been named the GLIAC coach of the year six times during his career, during the 1999, 2004 and 2006 (outdoor track/women's cross country) seasons as well as the 2007 indoor women's track and 2012 indoor men's track seasons. He was also named MOC coach of the year for the women in 1995 and 1997 and for the men in 1996. Going along with his success, Arce received NAIA District 22 coach of the year honors for women's cross country (1990 and 1991), women's track and field (1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994), and men's track and field (1992 and 1994).
Since his arrival at Findlay, Arce's athletes have won 132 GLIAC championships, 66 MOC championships and 66 NAIA District 22 championships. His athletes have also accumulated 15 national championships.
Overall, Arce has seen 118 athletes named all-American in NCAA competition and 145 more in NAIA competition.
Administratively, Arce was the MOC chairman for track and field and has also chaired the NAIA National Rating Committee for Women's Cross Country (1992), and has served as the NAIA District 22 chairman for cross country (1990-92) and track and field (1990-92, 1993-94).
Arce, a native of Valley Stream, New York, had a very distinguished career at Valley Stream Central High School on Long Island, New York. Arce's later running accomplishments include completing both the New York and Boston Marathons in 2:38 and 2:47 respectively.
He received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in physical education, while participating in track and field. He later went on to earn a master's degree from Indiana State University.
Arce started his coaching career in the Indiana high school ranks. In his nine years of coaching at the high school level, his teams were 107-32 in dual meet competitions.
He is a member of USA Track and Field, the governing body of track and field in the United States and the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He has also been a guest speaker at numerous track and cross country clinics in both Ohio and Indiana.