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Aaron Archie
Position: Assistant Coach - Linebackers
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
High School: Cass Tech
Alma Mater: Indiana State
Graduating Year: 2013
Experience: 3 Years
Phone: 812-237-3229

In his second season as an assistant coach for the Indiana State football program is Aaron Archie. Archie coaches the Sycamore linebackers.


Archie made an immediate impact on the Sycamore defense as an assistant coach in much the same way that he burst onto the field for the program. He mentored Jameer Thurman who finished second in the league's Freshman Of The Year balloting with 23 votes and was third in the MVFC Newcomer Of The Year race with 19 votes. He was the Sycamores' leading tackler with 91 stops, including nine tackles for a loss and four quarterback sacks and was credited with one pass breakup.


Thurman recorded at least four tackles in all 12 games and had two double digit tackle performances, including a season-best 17 stops at nationally-ranked South Dakota State. He had three tackles for a loss at South Dakota with a pair of quarterback sacks and ranked eighth in the league in total tackles, tops amongst all freshmen. In MVFC only contests, he ranked tied for ninth in total tackles and was the top freshman. Thurman also ranked tied for 13th in quarterback sacks and was the league’s top freshman in MVFC games. He finished 16th in MVFC games only for tackles for a loss and was also the league’s top freshman in that category.


"We are extremely excited to welcome Aaron onto our coaching staff after a standout career with the Sycamores," head coach Mike Sanford said. "With his background and success on the field as a linebacker, he will do an excellent job coaching our linebackers here at Indiana State."


Archie completed a standout career for the Sycamores in 2012 as he earned First Team All-MVFC honors for the second year in a row and finished his Sycamore career by being named an all-league player during each of his four seasons. He led the team with 128 total tackles, including 49 solos and 79 assists. Archie finished his career with 426 total tackles, a new Indiana State school record. As a senior, he led the team with 10 tackles for loss, with four pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. He recorded double digit tackles in 10-of-11 games this season, including a best of 15 against Missouri State.


He was named First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2011 as a junior after he led the Sycamores in tackles and finished in a tie for 12th nationally and second in the conference with 122 stops. Archie put together his best game of the season against Youngstown State, recording a season-high 18 tackles with 2.5 for loss and two sacks.


Archie was an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Honorable Menton selection in 2010 as a sophomore when he tallied 60 total tackles, including 31 solo stops. He had a season-high 17 tackles against Missouri State and posted three games with 10 or more tackles. He was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and was also an All-MVC Second Team selection at linebacker. He played and started in all 11 contests for the Sycamores as the middle linebacker and led the team with 117 total tackles, including 52 solo stops. Archie sat out the 2008 campaign after a season-ending knee injury during preseason camp.


Archie came to Indiana State from Cass Tech in Detroit, Mich., where he was named to the all-city team as a junior and also earned Junior All-State honors during the same season. He was a second team all-city selection as a senior. Archie posted 142 tackles, plus five interceptions and a pair of returns for touchdowns as a junior and then recorded 166 tackles as a senior, plus a pair of quarterback sacks. He was credited with 47 tackles for loss during his career.


Archie is a 2013 graduate of Indiana State.


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