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    Mike Archer

    Defensive Coordinator


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    Pack Travels to Clemson for 3:30 contest on ABC/ESPN2


    Thursday Football Notebook

    Pack hosts Wake Forest Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on RSN


    Thursday Football Notebook

    Pack hosts Virginia Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC Network


    Thursday Football Notebook

    Pack hosts Seminoles Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2


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    Pack opens ACC play at Miami Saturday at noon


    The Tom O'Brien Radio Show for October 10, 2011.

    The Tom O'Brien Radio Show for Monday, October 10, 2011

    Mike Archer's Coaching Career
    Year(s): Team - Position
    1976-77: Miami - Graduate Assistant
    1978: Miami - Administrative Assistant
    1979-83: Miami - Defensive Backs
    1984: LSU - Defensive Backs
    1985-86: LSU - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
    1987-90: LSU - Head Coach
    1991-92: Virginia - Linebackers
    1993-94: Kentucky - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
    1995: Kentucky - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
    1996-02: Pittsburgh Steelers - Linebackers
    2003-06: Kentucky - Defensive Coordinator
    2007-pres.: NC State - Defensive Coordinator

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Three-year letterwinner at defensive back and punter for Miami from 1973-75, starting at safety for two seasons; Named the Hurricanes' scholar-athlete of the year as a senior.

    EDUCATION: Earned his B.A. from Miami in 1976; Received his M.Ed. from Miami in 1978.

    PERSONAL DATA: Born 7/26/53 in State College, Pa. Married to the former Barbara Pollak of Kansas City, Mo. Has two children: Jeff graduated from Kentucky in 2006 after playing football and baseball for the Wildcats and was a defensive graduate assistant at NC State from 2008-09. His daughter Betsy graduated from UK in 2007 with a degree in leadership and communications, earned her master's in elementary education at NC State and is now teaching in Raleigh.

    BOWL EXPERIENCE: At NC State - 2011 Belk Bowl, 2010 Champs Sports Bowl, 2008 Bowl; At Kentucky - 2006 Music City Bowl, 1993 Peach Bowl; At Virginia - 1991 Gator Bowl; At LSU - 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl, 1987 Gator Bowl, 1986 Sugar Bowl, 1985 Liberty Bowl, 1984 Sugar Bowl; At Miami - 1983 Orange Bowl, 1980 Peach Bowl.

    OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: College - Oversaw a defensive unit that picked off a school record 27 interceptions in 2011 - a mark that led the nation and tied as the second-best mark in ACC history. Archer's 2010 NC State defense held two opponents to negative yardage in rushing and ranked second in the league in rush defense. The Pack was also second in the ACC in sacks. 2008 Wolfpack defense forced 28 turnovers, 20th in the NCAA. That mark includes 17 interceptions, 13th nationally. The 2007 Wolfpack defense ranked 25th nationally in passing efficiency defense. In 2006 at Kentucky, with 16 of his top 22 players either freshmen or sophomores, Archer's defensive unit forced 28 turnovers, as the Wildcats ranked fifth nationally in turnover margin. The squad finished its season with a win over Clemson in the Music City Bowl, posting a 4-2 turnover advantage. Was the youngest Division I-A head coach when named at LSU in 1987. In his four seasons in that capacity, he led the Tigers to a 27-18-1 mark, two bowl games and the 1988 Southeastern Conference title. In his three seasons as an LSU assistant, the Tigers posted a 26-8-2 mark and played in three bowl games. Member of Miami staff when Hurricanes won 1983 national championship; Professional - Coached a pair of two-time Pro Bowl selections (Jason Gildon, Levon Kirkland) and two other Pro Bowl selections (Joey Porter and Kendrell Bell). Kendrell Bell was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Coached the Steeler defense that led NFL in rushing defense in 2002. Pittsburgh won four divisional championships during his tenure.

    PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS COACHED: At NC State - Nate Irving, DaJuan Morgan, DeMario Pressley, Willie Young; At Kentucky - Zane Beehn, Vincent Burns, Van Hiles, Melvin Johnson, Marty Moore, Reggie Rusk, Chris Ward, Wesley Woodyard; At Virginia - PJ Killian, Randy Neal; At LSU - Eric Andolsek, Roland Barbay, Marc Boutte, Michael Brooks, Toby Caston, Ricky Chatman, Tommy Clapp, Kenny Davidson, Kevin Guidry, Ronnie Haliburton, Eric Hill, Tommy Hodson, Greg Jackson, Norman Jefferson, Victor Jones, Brian Kinchen, Todd Kinchen, Sammy Martin, Mike Mayes, Corey Raymond, Raymond Smoot, Henry Thomas, Harvey Williams, Willie Williams, Karl Wilson; At Miami - Rodney Bellinger, Ronnie Lippett, Fred Marion, John Swain; With Pittsburgh Steelers - Kendrell Bell, James Farrior, Jason Gildon, Levon Kirkland, Joey Porter.

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