Virginia football hires Mike Archer, another former head coach, as an assistant

The Virginia football team has added another former head coach to its ranks.

Coach Mike London announced Thursday that former LSU coach and North Carolina State defensive coordinator Mike Archer has been hired as a defensive assistant to complete the Cavaliers’ 2014 coaching staff.

His exact duties are to be determined, but Archer will fill the void that remained after former assistants Anthony Poindexter and Vincent Brown left the program to become co-defensive coordinators at Connecticut earlier this month.

Archer brings 37 years of coaching experience to Charlottesville, including four years (1987-1990) as the head coach at LSU and seven years as an assistant with the NFL”s Pittsburgh Steelers. He most recently worked with Virginia associate head coach Tom O’Brien and defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta at North Carolina State, where he spent six years as the defensive coordinator (2007-2012).

This will be Archer’s second stint at Virginia after working for two years (1991 and 1992) as linebackers coach under former Coach George Welsh and alongside O’Brien, then the program’s offensive coordinator.

“Coach Archer has excellent coaching credentials and a track record of accomplishments,” London said in a school-issued statement. “He will be a great teacher for our defensive players and his prior relationship with Coach Tenuta will be a tremendous asset in our preparation for the upcoming season.”

A former defensive back and punter at Miami, Archer posted a 27-18-1 record at LSU and finished No. 5 in the national polls during his first year leading the Tigers. When he was hired in 1987 at age 34, Archer became the youngest Division I-A coach in the country.

He also spent four seasons (2003-2006) as the defensive coordinator at Kentucky.

Along with Archer, Virginia’s 2014 coaching staff will also include former Colorado State Coach Steve Fairchild (offensive coordinator), former Idaho State Coach Larry Lewis (special teams/running backs) and O’Brien (tight ends).

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