Lisa Archer is in her fourth year with the Utah track and field program, and second year as the head coach. Archer began her coaching career as an assistant to long-time Ute head coach Mike Jones in 1999. Before coming to Utah, she was a graduate assistant at Fresno State for two years.
In Archer's first season as head coach, the track and field program experienced a record-setting year. Ten school records were broken, while 111 athletes' marks and times entered the Utah top-ten list. Two athletes competed at the NCAA Championships, while seven athletes posted national qualifying times and 12 earned all-conference honors under Archer's guidance.
"I'm excited because we have several athletes returning that were a part of the record-setting year. And with the addition of our newcomers, I believe our achievements will continue to develop the program's success. Our team spirit will be a key to guiding us to another milestone season this year."
As an athlete, Archer was a member of the All-America 4x100 relay team for Cal State Hayward in '92. After Hayward dropped its track and field program, Archer transferred to Fresno State and flourished as an athlete. There she broke the school long jump record (indoor) with a 19' 10 ¾" mark in '94. The San Jose, Calif., native ranks in five of the Bulldogs' top-ten categories and was a two-time NCAA qualifier (heptathlon and high jump).
During her tenure as an assistant coach at Utah, she spent her summers fighting forest fires for the United States National Forest Service as a wildland firefighter. In addition to coaching, she enjoys hiking, camping and traveling.
The former Lisa Collet married Corbin Archer on July 27, 2002. She holds two degrees from Fresno State. In 1997, she received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and then in 2001 she earned a master's degree in kinesiology while working in Fresno State's compliance office.