Monday, June 11, 2007

Archibald named director of operations

The University of Connecticut officially announced the hire of former Husky Beau Archibald as its new director of men's basketball operations.

This was released by the university Monday morning.

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Beau Archibald has been named the director of men’s basketball operations at the University of Connecticut, it was announced Monday by head coach Jim Calhoun.

Archibald brings a variety of coaching and playing experience to the Husky program, including three seasons as a member of the UConn squad as a student-athlete. Archibald was a medical redshirt in 1998-99 as he recovered from surgery on both knees for patella tendinitis. He saw action in nine games for the Huskies in 1999-00. During the 2000-01 season, Archibald worked as an assistant to the coaching staff while still on scholarship.

Archibald has spent the past five seasons working as an assistant coach on both a full-time and volunteer basis. In 2006-07, Archibald worked as an assistant coach at Florida International University. He was an assistant coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2005-06 and served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Hugh Durham at Jacksonville University in 2004-05. In 2003-04, Beau was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida Atlantic University. He assisted the coaching staff on a volunteer basis at Texas Tech University in 2002-03.

Archibald earned his bachelor of arts from UConn in May of 2003 and earned an associate degree from Utah Valley State College. He spent his freshman season at Washington State in 1996-97, playing in 29 games at the Pac-10 school and averaging 6.1 points per contest. He played in only nine games in 1997-98 at Utah Valley State before undergoing the first of three knee surgeries in January of 1998. He also had knee procedures performed in January of 1999 and April of 1999 while at Connecticut. His knee injuries finally forced him to end his collegiate playing career prior to the 2000-01 season at UConn.

Archibald was born on December 19, 1976 and is a native of Los Angeles. He attended high school in Arizona and Utah while his father, the late Lynn Archibald, coached at Utah, Idaho State, BYU and Arizona State. He was the head coach at Idaho State (1977-82) and Utah (1984-89). His brother Damon is an assistant coach at New Mexico State and has also coached at Iowa State, USC, Pepperdine.

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