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



Recruiting Areas: Detroit/Chicago/Michigan


Former Sycamore standout and all-time tackle leader Aaron Archie is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Indiana State football program. Archie coaches the Sycamore linebackers.


In 2014, the Sycamores had a historic season that saw them finish with an 8-6 overall record and, most importantly, their first trip to the NCAA FCS Playoffs since 1984 and their first postseason victory since 1983.



Of Indiana State's eight victories in 2014, six were against nationally-ranked FCS opponents. The Sycamores also returned the Victory Bell to Terre Haute for the first time since 1987 when they earned a 27-20 victory in Muncie over FBS opponent Ball State on Sept. 13. The Sycamores also earned a victory over Top-10 FCS opponent Northern Iowa and remained in the national polls a school-record 10 consecutive weeks.


On defense, junior linebacker Connor Underwood was named a First-Team All-MVFC performer and picked up First-Team All-American honors from The Sports Network, as well as Second-Team All-American honors from the Associated Press. He finished the season with 94 total tackles, including new school records for quarterback sacks with 13.5 and tackles for loss with 25. He also now owns the school record for career quarterback sacks with 28.5 and is just two away from Kyle Mitchell’s standard for tackles for a loss with 52.5. Underwood finished 22nd in the MVFC for tackles per game with 6.7, third in sacks and second in tackles for a loss. His four fumbles forced led the team as well as the league.


In total, eight different Sycamores were named all-conference, three were listed as academic all-conference and three more were named to the MVFC All-Newcomer team.


When you dive deep into the Sycamores' 8-6 overall mark, Indiana State owned a FBS victory plus five other wins over nationally-ranked foes. They had the nation’s toughest strength of schedule and their five wins over ranked teams were only bettered by FCS Championship Game foes North Dakota State and Illinois State.


Archie made an immediate impact on the Sycamore defense in 2013 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 also 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 in tackles for a loss and was also the league’s top freshman in that category.


Archie began his coaching career immediately following his Sycamore athletic career in 2013, which saw him finish atop ISU's all-time tackle and all-time assisted tackle lists by the time he was done.


"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, four pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. He recorded double-digit tackles in 10-of-11 games, 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, finishing 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-MVFC Honorable Mention 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 MVFC All-Newcomer Team as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and was also an All-MVFC 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 in sport management. Archie is the son of Stephanie and Larry, and is the oldest of four siblings.


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