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June 05, 2006

USI picks Archuleta as baseball coach
Former GLVC Coach of the Year to lead Eagles

USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana announced the hiring of Tracy Archuleta as the fifth head baseball coach in the history of the 36 year-old program.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the USI baseball program," said Archuleta (Arch-U-leta). "The Screaming Eagles have had a rich tradition and history of success, which I look forward to building upon."

Archuleta comes to USI after five seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside that featured a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a pair of 40-win seasons. UW-Parkside also advanced to the NCAA II North Central Regional title game in 2005 and was 148-124 (.544) during Archuleta's tenure.

"Tracy is a proven winner and has shown the ability to take a program in the right direction," said USI Director of Athletics Jon Mark Hall. "He built UW-Parkside into a national contender and we feel he will do the same at USI."

After setting the foundation during his first two years, Archuleta directed the Rangers into the national spot light with a 41-18 season in 2004, finishing on top of the GLVC standings and earning the school's first-ever NCAA II tournament bid. Between 2002 and 2004, UW-Parkside went from 13 wins to 41 wins.

Archuleta's Rangers continued their march in 2005, this time with a 45-18 record, picking up the school's first GLVC baseball championship along the way. Again the club made the NCAA II Tournament, reaching the regional championship game. The 2005 team broke the school record for wins in a season, set by the 2004 squad. In each of those two seasons, the Rangers finished among the top 25 teams in the nation.

In his tenure at UW-Parkside, Archuleta has coached the Rangers first All-American, Regional Player of the Year, GLVC Player of the Year and has had two players sign professional contracts and 11 players earn All-Region honors. He was tabbed GLVC Coach of the Year in 2004.

Archuleta served as an assistant coach for five seasons at Wayne State College (Nebraska) and Central Missouri State University at the NCAA II level before taking the top spot at UW-Parkside.

At Wayne State, he was the infield coach, hitting coach, and recruiting coordinator on the team that captured its first NSIC championship and NCAA II regional birth in the 2001 season. Archuleta helped guide the team's batting average to 25th in the country (2000) and, in 2001, the squad was third in the country in fielding percentage (.969). In 2001, Wayne State finished 26th in the country with a record of 35-10.

During his tenure at CMSU, the Mules won the regular season conference championship with a record of 20-1 and were ranked as high as fifth in the nation. The team picked up an NCAA tournament bid and finished 16th in the country with a 43-10 mark. Archuleta was CMSU's outfield coach and recruiting coordinator. He also assisted the hitters.

The native of Iliff, Colorado, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver and has a master's degree in education from Wayne State College. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children, Mikaela, 11, Alex, 5 and Samuel, 2.

Archuleta takes over a USI baseball program with a pitching staff ranked 11th nationally with a 3.16 ERA, but finished 18-33 overall and 15-31 in the GLVC in 2006. USI was one of the dominate teams in the GLVC and the North Central Region during the 1990s, sporting a record of 320-192 (.625), but has not fared well since 2000 with a seven-year record of 166-211 (.440).

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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