Dave Aranda Net Worth 2022, Age, Wife, Children, Height, Family, Parents, Coaching

Dave Aranda net worth

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Dave Aranda is an American football coach who is currently the head coach at Baylor University. He previously served as the defensive coordinator at LSU, Wisconsin, Utah State, Hawaii, Delta State, and Cal Lutheran.

Early life

NameDave Aranda
Net Worth$5 million
ProfessionAmerican football coach
Age45 years
Dave Aranda net worth 2022

David Christopher Aranda was born on September 29, 1976 (age 45 years) in Redlands, California, United States. He is the son of Mexican immigrant parents from Guadalajara and his brother is Mike Aranda. Dave graduated from Redlands High School in Redlands, California in 1994, where he was a linebacker.

Coaching career

Dave Aranda retired from playing football due to injuries after high school, so he became an assistant coach at Redlands High in 1995. Aranda attended California Lutheran University. As an undergraduate, Aranda was the roommate of Tom Herman and was the linebackers coach for Cal Lutheran Kingsmen football from 1996 to 1999. Aranda graduated from Cal Lutheran in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

In 2000, Aranda enrolled in graduate school at Texas Tech University and served as a graduate assistant for Texas Tech Red Raiders football from 2000 to 2002 under Mike Leach. From 2003 to 2004, Aranda was linebackers coach at Houston. He then returned to Cal Lutheran as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, positions he held for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2007, Aranda was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach for Delta State.

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Following stints at California Lutheran and Delta State University, in 2008 he was tapped by his mentor, Greg McMackin, to serve as the defensive line coach for the University of Hawaii Warriors. In Aranda’s first season, he cultivated a talented unit that included David Veikune, Joshua Leonard and Keala Watson. In 2009, Aranda was credited with developing a creative defensive scheme that stymied the Navy’s vaunted rushing attack and allowed the Warriors to earn a 24–17 victory over a Midshipmen squad that defeated Notre Dame two weeks earlier. The following year he was elevated to defensive coordinator.

Dave Aranda helped lead the Warriors to victory in nine of their last ten regular-season games. In those wins, Aranda’s opportunistic defence limited the opposition to 16.1 points per game, only allowed 2.4 yards per rush and held Colin Kapernick in check en route to handing the Nevada Wolfpack its only loss of the season. Under Aranda’s guidance, the Warriors led the nation in turnovers caused (38) and tied a school record for most defensive touchdowns (5).

Aranda’s defence was particularly impressive in a 34–17 drubbing of Colorado although the Warriors struggled to a 6–7 record in 2011. Leading up to the game, Colorado coach Jon Embree boasted that as to Hawaii’s defence, the Buffaloes were going to “run the ball down their throat.” Aranda, who later acknowledged that he took Embree’s comment personally, met the challenge head-on and limited the boastful Buffaloes to just 17 net rushing yards on the night.

For the year, Aranda’s defence led the Western Athletic Conference and was tied for 15th in the FBS in sacks (35). At the conclusion of the season, he found himself on the wrong side of the ledger and was fired after head coach Greg McMackin resigned. Despite the circumstances, Aranda said later “I miss the family atmosphere there. I miss the people.”

Utah State

In 2012, Dave Aranda was the defensive coordinator for one year for the Utah State Aggies under Gary Andersen. That same year he was a nominee for the Broyles Award as the Aggies defence finished in the top 15 of all FBS schools in all four major defensive categories; seventh in scoring defence (15.4 points per game), 13th in rushing defence (113.8 yards per game), eighth in pass-efficiency defence (14 interceptions, 12 touchdowns, 54.1% completion rate, 5.7 yards per attempt) and 14th in total defence (322.1 yards per game).


When Gary Andersen was hired as the new Wisconsin Badgers head coach, following the 2012 football season, Dave Aranda followed him to Wisconsin. Aranda turned down offers from Texas Tech and California. Aranda changed the Badgers’ base defence from a 4–3 to a 3–4 and developed a more aggressive defence, putting pressure on the quarterback. In his first year as defensive coordinator the Badgers defence ranked in the top 20 in all four major defensive categories; scoring defence (6th), total defence (7th), rushing defence (5th) and passing defence (17th).

Week 10 of the 2014 football season Aranda was named Coordinator of the Week by Athlon Sports after his Wisconsin Badgers defence shutout Rutgers Scarlet Knights 37–0. It was Wisconsin’s first road shutout since 1998. The Badgers took 1st place in the West Division with a 10–2 record, going 7–1 in the conference. Wisconsin played Ohio State for the conference title in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game where the Badgers lost to Ohio State 59–0. It was the first time since 1997 that the Badgers were shut out and the worst loss since 1979 when Ohio State also defeated the Badgers 59–0.

Four days after the Badgers lost to Ohio State, Gary Andersen departed Wisconsin for Oregon State. Former Badgers offensive coordinator (2005–2011) and Pitt’s head coach (2012–2014), Paul Chryst, was hired as the next head coach of the Badgers. Aranda was the only assistant coach to remain on the coaching staff after Andersen’s departure.

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Two of Aranda’s three years at Wisconsin one of his linebackers won the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year, Chris Borland in 2013 and Joe Schobert in 2015. Borland also won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Aranda alongside his OLB coach Tim Tibesar was named Linebacker Coaches of the Year for 2015 by FootballScoop. Over Aranda’s three-year span as defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, his defence ranked first nationally in total defence, second in scoring defence, third in pass defence and fourth in run defence. In his final season with the Badgers his defence came in first in scoring defence, allowing just 13.1 points per game.

Louisiana State University

On January 1, 2016, it was announced that Dave Aranda was hired to replace Kevin Steele as defensive coordinator for the LSU Tigers. The move to LSU saw his starting salary more than double from $520,000 to $1.3 million. His contract was guaranteed for three years and was not tied to the contract of LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.

On January 5, 2018, it was announced that Ar anda received a new four-year contract that will pay him $2.5 million annually and the entire $10 million deal is guaranteed. This was in response to several attempts by Texas A&M to hire Aranda. In the 2019 season, he won a championship with LSU.


On January 16, 2020, Aranda was named the head coach at Baylor University, replacing Matt Rhule, who left to become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers.


Dave Aranda is married to his longtime girlfriend Dione Aranda. Dave and his wife Dione have 3 children: two daughters, Jayden (born 2005) and Jordan (born 2007), and a son, Ronin (born 2010). The couple lives in a private house in Texas.

Dave Aranda net worth

How much is Dave Aranda worth? Dave Aranda net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His salary is around $2.5 million and his main source of income is from his career as an American football coach. Aranda successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. He is one of the richest and influential university coaches in the United States.