August 1, 2009

Darnell Archey Returns To Butler Basketball Program

Darnell Archey, who enjoyed a record-setting career as a player with the Bulldogs, has returned to the Butler basketball program as Coordinator of Basketball Operations.  The former sharp-shooting guard, who’s been coaching high school basketball, is replacing Kevin Kuwik on the Butler staff.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Darnell back to our program,” said Butler head coach Brad Stevens.  “He has a great passion for Butler, and he’ll be a tremendous addition to our staff.”

Archey helped the Bulldogs to 100 wins during his four-year career as a player, 1999-2003.  He became the first Butler player to hit 200 three-point field goals, and he currently stands third on Butler's all-time list for three-pointers with 217.  He further set an NCAA Division I record for consecutive free throws made (85), and he finished with Butler single season (.973 in 2002-03) and career (.951) records for free throw percentage.

A native of New Castle, Ind., Archey is one of just four players in Butler history to contribute to 100 victories.  Each year that he played, the Bulldogs tied or set a school record for victories, capped by a 27-6 mark and a run to the NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” in 2002-03.  He sparked Butler’s second-round tournament win over #14 Louisville, 79-71, that season by hitting eight of nine three-point field goal attempts and scoring 26 points in the victory!  Following his senior season, he won the Men’s Collegiate Three-Point Championship at the Final Four

“The main thing that attracted me to this position was Butler,” said Archey, who earned his Butler degree in marketing/business.  “I have a lot of great memories here.  I love the family atmosphere; the way everyone here cares about each other, and I’m glad to be part of that again.  The same things that we were taught when I was a player are being taught here now, and those are values that I embrace.”

Archey is joining the Butler staff after spending last season as varsity basketball coach at Park Tudor High School.  He also served as head coach at Columbus North High School (2006-08), as head junior varsity coach at Carmel High School (2005-06) and varsity assistant coach at Carmel (2004-05).  In 2003-04, he played briefly with the Harlem Globetrotters and had a stint with a touring Australian basketball club.