Lynn Archibald

Lynn Archibald (1944-1997)

Teams coached: Idaho State Bengals, Utah Utes
Idaho State record: 65-66 (.496)
Utah record: 98-86 (.533)
Overall record: 163-152 (.517)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1986)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1987, 1988)
  • WAC Regular Season Champion:  1  (1986)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1996-1997 BYU (DBO)
1994-1996 BYU (asst)
1989-1994 Arizona State (asst)
1983-1989 Utah
1982-1983 Utah (asst)
1977-1982 Idaho State
1976-1977 USC (asst)
1974-1976 UNLV (asst)
1972-1973 Cal Poly (asst)
1970-1972 Long Beach State (asst)

Lynn Archibald Facts

  • Lynn J. Archibald
  • Born September 27, 1944
  • Died May 28, 1997
  • Hometown: Logan, Utah and Torrance, California
  • Alma Mater: California State University, Fresno (BA, 1968)
  • Born in Utah, Archibald was raised in Oregon and California; graduated from Torrance HS (CA)
    • Played one season each at Utah State (for head coach LaDell Andersen) and El Camino College (CA), before transferring to Fresno State and earning his bachelor’s degree
  • First coaching roles were as an assistant at Long Beach State (under Jerry Tarkanian), Cal Poly (under Ernie Wheeler), UNLV (also under Tarkanian) and USC (under Bob Boyd)
  • Became the Idaho State head coach in 1977, going 65-66 in five seasons at the helm
  • Hired by Jerry Pimm to be an assistant at Utah in 1982 and then took over as head coach a year later
    • Went 98-86 in six seasons, going to the NCAA Tournament once and NIT twice
    • Won a share of the 1986 WAC regular season title and finished second in WAC in 1988
  • Spent five seasons on Bill Frieder‘s staff at Arizona State as an assistant coach, then two seasons as one of Roger Reid‘s assistants at BYU; served as BYU’s first director of basketball operations in 1996 while battling terminal cancer
  • Passed away in 1997 at the age of 52 after his long fight with prostate cancer
    • Survived by his wife, Ann, their children, Damon, Lee Anne and Beau, who later became a collegiate coach

Lynn Archibald Coaching Tree

  • Mark Adams (Central Connecticut, Western Oregon, Rocky Mountain College)
  • Larry Eustachy (Colorado State, Southern Miss, Iowa State, Utah State, Idaho)
  • Trent Johnson (TCU, LSU, Stanford, Nevada)
  • Doug Oliver (UC Irvine women’s, Idaho State)