David Archer, the 27th head football coach at Cornell University, is the youngest National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I football coach in the U.S., Athletics Director Andy Noel said.
Archer, 30 years and two months, replaces Kent Austin, who resigned last month to return to the Canadian Football League as head coach and general manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Cornell was 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the Ivy League Conference last season.
“Cornell is such a special place that changed my life,” Archer said yesterday at a news conference. “I can think of no better job in the country than being Cornell’s head football coach.”
Archer, a 2005 economics graduate of Cornell, is a former Big Red captain of the Ithaca, New York-based college football team. He has worked with the team for six years as an assistant coach and the last four as a recruiting coordinator.
Archer is one year and nine months younger than Davidson College’s Paul Nichols, the next youngest coach.
“Many will consider David’s meteoric rise to this level of responsibility as unconventional,” Noel said in a statement. “However, to those who have worked with David or have had a window into his leadership acumen will not be surprised in the least.”
Archer developed an offensive game plan that broke more than a dozen school records in 2011, including total offense, passing yards and a modern-day scoring mark.
After graduation, Archer taught eighth and fourth grades as part of the Teach For America program at the Dr. William H. Horton School in Newark, New Jersey. He also was an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson in 2006.