2014-09-09 / Front Page

From Cloverdale To Owen Valley, Bryan Archer Relishing New Role As OVHS Athletic Director

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

New Owen Valley High School Athletic Director Bryan Archer displays the first “OVHS Athlete Of The Week,” printed each Thursday in the Spencer Evening World. (Staff Photo) New Owen Valley High School Athletic Director Bryan Archer displays the first “OVHS Athlete Of The Week,” printed each Thursday in the Spencer Evening World. (Staff Photo) A former West Vigo Viking and Cloverdale Clover, Bryan Archer is relishing his new role as an Owen Valley Patriot.

A 2004 graduate of West Vigo High School, Archer played football and baseball against Owen Valley during his four years as a Viking before playing collegiate baseball at Lakeland College in Illinois for two years before transferring and graduating from Indiana State University. He later taught and coached at Cloverdale High School from 2008 through 2013.

During his time with the Clovers, Archer was the head varsity baseball coach and a varsity assistant football coach.

“I was glad to get in here and work most of the summer to try and get things setup. I just did a lot of the paperwork, trying to get things ready for the year,” Owen Valley High School’s newest athletic director said. “Everyone I’ve met has been great, very supportive, trying to help me along as I’m figuring out how things go here at Owen Valley. The expectations for the athletic department are high and that’s a good thing. I look forward to that challenge this year and as long as I’m here, which I hope is for a long time.”

Archer says he has met with nearly all of the varsity level coaches in his first month on the job and enjoys the interaction.

“Being a former coach, I like talking with them, listening to their philosophies, their expectations, the ins and outs of what athletes we have in each sport. Coming from being a varsity coach a few months ago, talking to these guys and ladies has been really exciting,” he said. “I think we have a great coaching staff, from what I’ve seen so far, and I think our coaches are doing a great job. One thing I really wanted to bring with me is work ethic and these coaches work their tails off, I’ve seen that this fall and I’ve seen that with some of the winter coaches already having open gyms. I like seeing that they don’t expect things, it’s a bunch of hard working people; hard working coaches and hard working kids. That’s who I am and I really love that. I’m a true believer that dedication and hard work bring success, so it really has been a good fit because a lot of our coaches believe the same thing.”

Coming from Cloverdale to Owen Valley, Archer finds himself in a unique position when planning and preparing for an expanded Western Indiana Conference in 2015-2016. Under the new structure, the Eastern division will consist of Owen Valley, Cloverdale, Edgewood, Brown County, Cascade and North Putnam, while the Western division will be made up of Northview, South Vermillion, Sullivan, Greencastle, South Putnam and West Vigo.

“When this all started I was at Cloverdale, so I was looking at it from the view as a small school coach, now I’m here and we’re kind of a bigger school in our conference, so I’ve been able to see both sides of it,” he explained. “I think what I’ve been able to do at meetings is give that perspective on both. I think I’ve given my input to make things as fair as possible. The first two years will have crossover championship games in sports like football, then the next two we’re going to try to do a four-team tournament. So after four years we’re going to assess and look at the pros and cons of both formats and go from there. I’m really excited about either, because like in week nine, it’s a crossover game... to me it’s going to be a championship game atmosphere, whether you’re playing for first and second or fifth and sixth, you still have a championship game. I think it will give our conference and our teams something to play for – they’re playing for a seed and it makes the conference mean a lot more. Adding five more schools makes us a mega conference and kind of puts us on the map, so I think it’s great. Even the smaller schools get a chance to win their division and play for the overall conference championship. We want to go out on top with our seven teams and be the best in everything.”

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