Arnold Little begins his seventh season at Cumberland and his sixth as a full-time assistant coach with the Phoenix. He served as a volunteer assistant, helping with defensive line, offensive scout team and the JV team at CU in 2013 before stepping into the role of linebackers coach.
Little coached linebacker Nathan Jernigan to First Team All-Mid-South Conference West honors after leading the Phoenix with 99 tackles along with 8.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one forced fumble in 2014. Jernigan garnered back-to-back MSC West Defensive Player of the Year accolades in 2015 and 2016, racking up 104 stops with 4.0 tackles for loss and five pass breakups in 2015 and 105 tackles, 4.0 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss this past season.
Little also helped develop Cody Carr whom posted Second Team All-MSC accolades in 2017, registering 59 tackles with 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Little attended Kemper Military Junior College in Boonville, Mo., for one semester, starting at center, before transferring to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. He started two years at center for the Vikings, earning Honorable Mention All-Heart of America Athletic Conference honors his first season and Second Team All-HAAC accolades in his second year.
He played one year at center and guard for the Madison Mad Dogs in the Indoor Football League after college. He previously worked as a CT Technician at the VA Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and as a Radiology/CT Technician at Cox Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
Little received his bachelor’s in Biology from Missouri Valley in 2000 and also graduated from the Cox Health School of Radiologic Technology in 2006. He earned his Master’s in Sport and Exercise Science from Cumberland in Spring 2015.