Fred ’67, Cred. ’68, and Jane Arp have been supporters of UC Davis and Aggie Football for more than 45 years.
Fred Arp can’t sit on the sidelines.
He can’t do it when watching an Aggie football game — after 44 years of participation with UC Davis Athletics, both as a player and as the team’s defensive line coach and later assistant head coach — nor can he and his wife, Jane, be spectators when his alma mater calls for philanthropic support.
“We wanted to give because we just feel it’s a great university and it has meant so much to us as a family,” said Arp, who, with Jane, has attended every Aggie football game, including away games, since he retired in 2007. (Fred watches from the field, of course.)
Arp’s Aggie football career began in 1963 when he played on the Aggie’s defensive line. He started coaching in 1966 and coached more than 400 games during his career, including coaching in the “miracle game” — when UC Davis scored 16 points during the last 20 seconds of a game to defeat Cal State Hayward 30 to 29. The game’s 40th anniversary was celebrated on Nov. 4, 2011.
During Arp’s career he earned an affinity with the players that went far beyond the field — as was seen in the defensive line’s self-imposed name of “Club Fred.”And just like he motivated his players to strive for excellence in all they do, Arp hopes his family’s gifts and those from the Arp Family Foundation to intercollegiate athletics for future capital improvements at Aggie Stadium will inspire others to support UC Davis.
“Jane and I want people to know we believe in the direction the football program and the university are going and we are willing to back it,” said Arp, who has been a lifetime member of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association since 1972. “Our feeling is that everything at UC Davis should be of the highest quality possible. And if the university is going to accomplish what it wants to accomplish, especially in football, it needs people’s financial support. We are thrilled to be a part of helping make that happen.”