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Ex-LSU HC Mike Archer completes London’s UVa staff

Mike Archer

A man with nearly four decades of coaching experience has been added to Mike London‘s coaching staff at Virginia.

The Cavaliers announced Thursday morning that Mike Archer has been hired by London as a defensive assistant.  Archer’s specific title has yet to be determined, with the football program stating that his specific coaching duties will be announced at a later date.

Archer’s hiring does, though, fill the lone vacancy on London’s staff.

“I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Archer to complete my staff,” London said in a statement. “Coach Archer has excellent coaching credentials and a track record of accomplishments. He will be a great teacher for our defensive players and his prior relationship with [defensive coordinator Jon] Tenuta will be a tremendous asset in our preparation for the upcoming season.”

The hiring is a homecoming of sorts as Archer was the Hoos’ linebackers coach in 1991 and 1992.

After serving as North Carolina State’s defensive coordinator from 2007-12, Archer was out of coaching in 2013.  From 1987-90, Archer served as LSU’s head coach, leading the Tigers to a 27-18-1 record during that time.  A 9-13 record his last two years in Baton Rouge led to his “resignation.”

Archer’s other coaching stops have included his alma mater Miami of Florida, Kentucky and the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

With the addition of Archer, Virginia now has three former FBS head coaches as part of its nine-man coaching staff, a group that includes associate head coach for offense/tight ends coach Tom O’Brien (North Carolina State) and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Steve Fairchild (Colorado State).  Additionally, special teams coordinator/running backs coach Larry Lewis was head coach at FCS Idaho State for eight years.

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