Aug. 19, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired former Florida Atlantic and Texas Tech assistant Beau Archibald as an assistant basketball coach, head coach Hugh Durham announced today. Archibald replaces former Dolphin standout Shawn Platts, who is leaving coaching after two seasons to enter the banking industry. Archibald comes to JU after one season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida Atlantic under former NBA standout Sydney Green, where he helped lead the Owls to the 2004 Atlantic Sun Championship quarterfinals. Prior to joining the Owls' staff, Archibald was a volunteer assistant for Bobby Knight at Texas Tech in 2002-03, when the Red Raiders finished the season 22-13, including a third-place finish in the postseason NIT. "Beau is a young coach but has been exposed to the game at a high level for many years, both as a player and as a coach," said Durham, who ranks ninth among active Division I coaches with 617 career victories. "He has worked and played under two of college basketball's greatest coaches in Bobby Knight and Jim Calhoun, and his father was a Division I coach for more than 30 years." Archibald spent the 2001-02 season playing professionally in the Unites States Basketball League (USBL) with the St. Louis Skyhawks, overseas in Finland with Kouvolan Kouvot and with a traveling pro team which toured China. He began is coaching career as a student-assistant coach at Connecticut in 2000-01 following a two-year playing career with the Huskies, which was marred by injuries. Archibald was part of two NCAA Tournament teams at UConn, including the Huskies' 1998-99 National Championship squad which went 34-2 and captured both the Big East regular-season and tournament championships. Archibald played in nine games during the 1999-2000 season, when UConn went 25-10 and advanced to the NCAA round of 32 after finishing as runner-up in the Big East Tournament. The 6-foot-6 swingman started his playing career at Washington State in 1996 where he was considered one of the top freshmen in the Pac 10 before injuring both of his knees. He transferred to Utah Valley State the following season, where he averaged 10.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists in nine games before double knee surgery sidelined him for the remainder of the 1997-98 campaign. Beau continues the tradition of coaching, which runs in the Archibald Family. His father, Lynn Archibald, was a Division I coach for more than 30 years, including head coaching stints at Utah (1983-89) and Idaho State (1977-81). His brother, Damon, is currently an assistant at Iowa State, while his cousin, Mark Pope, is a former Kentucky standout who just finished his sixth season in the NBA playing for the Denver Nuggets. Archibald earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Connecticut in 2003.
Head coach Hugh Durham has hired former FAU and Texas Tech assistant Beau Archibald as an assistant coach.