John Archer was the head basketball coach of the Troy State Trojans from 1956-1973. He was the third coach in the history of the Troy basketball program and accumulated a record of 304-185 in his seventeen seasons as head coach. He guided the program to three NAIA National Tournament appearances and three Alabama Collegiate Conference titles. He came to Troy State Teachers College in 1956 as head basketball and tennis coach, line coach of the football team, and as an instructor in the physical education program. When his coaching days were over, Archer remained on the Troy State staff as a physical education instructor and intramural director.