Amos Arbogast is in his second season as head coach of the Eureka College women's basketball program during the 2018-19 season. The 2006 Iowa graduate directed Eureka to 18 wins last season, the most victories by a first-year EC head coach since Hall of Famer Sandy Schuster piloted EC to a 19-7 mark in 1991-92.
He was selected as the 12th head coach of the Eureka College women's basketball program on July 6, 2017. Arbogast had previously served the EC men’s basketball program as an assistant coach for six seasons.
Arbogast had played a pivotal role as an assistant on Chip Wilde’s coaching staff for a Eureka men’s basketball program that has proved to be an annual contender in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Arbogast helped guide the Red Devils to consecutive berths to the SLIAC Tournament semifinals in 2012 and 2013, including an appearance in the title game in 2013. During the 2017-18 season, Eureka set a new single-season team scoring record with 90.5 points per game, topping the previous record of 87.3 set by EC’s 1993-94 NAIA Division II national title team.
Arbogast also served as head coach of the Eureka’s men’s basketball varsity reserve program from 2011 through 2017. Under Arbogast’s guidance, the program expanded to play a 14-game schedule during the 2016-17 season.
In addition to his in-game responsibilities, Arbogast was involved in the day-to-day operations of EC men’s basketball. His recruiting efforts alongside Wilde helped the Red Devils regularly welcome large incoming classes of freshmen and transfer students. In all, more than two dozen men’s basketball student-athletes to have played for the Red Devils since 2011 have earned their degrees from Eureka College.
Arbogast also prepared scouting reports for opponents, developed players’ skills through individual workouts and coordinated video exchange with opponents. Arbogast also assisted in fundraising and worked with Eureka’s Learning Center Director to ensure quality academic progress of student-athletes.
Prior to his arrival ‘Neath The Elms in 2011, Arbogast began his basketball coaching career in 2009 as an assistant coach at Tri-Valley High School in Downs, Ill. In addition to his varsity duties that included an appearance in the IHSA 1A regional final in 2011, Arbogast directed the Vikings’ freshman squad during the 2010-11 season.
Arbogast also boasts extensive experience as an instructor at youth basketball camps, including Wilde’s wildly popular Boys and Girls Day Camp at the Reagan Athletic Complex each summer. Arbogast also owns experience at camps conducted by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, the NCAA Final Four, Western Illinois, Bradley and Tri-Valley High School.
A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Arbogast graduated from Ankeny High School in 2002. He was a three-sport student-athlete for the Hawks, participating in football, basketball and tennis. Arbogast attended the University of Iowa, earning a B.A. in psychology in 2006.
Arbogast married the former Colleen McGlaughlin in January 2010. The Morton, Ill. native was a four-year softball letterwinner at Iowa from 2006 through 2009. She was a three-time All-Big Ten choice as a corner infielder and outfielder and was a two-time Academic All-American for the Hawkeyes.
The Arbogasts live in Bloomington and have three sons, Titus, Judge and Roman.