William Archie '82
William L. Archie is currently coaching his 13th season as the Head Football Coach at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. The 2017 season saw the 9-2 Greyounds finish as Eastern District Champions. This is a second tour at Norcom for Archie, who followed Legendary Coach Joe Langston from 2001 -2002.
Archie is a native of Norfolk and attended Norfolk Catholic High School, where he lettered in Football and Track, he excelled in Football under Coach John O’Hara and was named All Conference and All State Defensive Back and Wide Receiver as a Junior and Senior. Archie accepted a football scholarship to Hampton University; where he played wide receiver for four years and was a member of the 1985 CIAA Championship team. Football has been an instrumental part of his life; growing up the son of a coach he began playing in Norfolk at eight years old, and has not missed a season playing or coaching since.
His coaching career started at his Alma Mater, Hampton University, and continued over the next fifteen seasons at the collegiate level with stops at Virginia Union University, Bowie State and Norfolk State. He further coached and played in Milan, Italy for a season and credits football with allowing him to see the world and develop lasting professional and personal relationships. Archie moved to the high school coaching ranks as an assistant at Lake Taylor before accepting the head job at Norcom.
His tenure at I.C. Norcom has been a blessing; he has been able to help mold young men into better people as a coach and counselor as they have; in turn made him a better person. He has been fortunate to have a great coaching staff who has provided stability, loyalty, support and professionalism. The support of various administrations, alumni, community and school organizations has been an enormous part of the success of the program. The many student-athletes and their families that will always be a part of the program are a testament to trusting the process of winning; restoring the blue collar work ethic and remaining true to Dear Norcom.