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Scott Archer steps down as head head coach of St. Helens boys' basketball

JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scott Archer speaks with players during basketball practice last winter. Archer said on Wednesday, Aug. 19, he plans to accept an athletic director job out of the district.The boys' basketball program in St. Helens will once again be without a head coach after Scott Archer confirmed his resignation on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Archer, who coached the team for one year with plans to build a successful program where others had failed, said he is leaving to accept an athletic director job out of the district, but declined to comment further until the situation had been “dialed in.”

The team went 2-22 during Archer's tenure, beating South Albany 58-50 on Dec. 12 and edging Milwaukie 64-53 for their lone home win of the season. The Lions might have struggled at times — especially in big losses to Liberty and La Salle — but had their fair share of close games.

St. Helens led in the league opener before dropping a heartbreaker to Sandy in the final moments. A few days later, St. Helens lost a tough six-point game on the road at Liberty.

On Jan. 3, the Lions rallied to take a lead on Class 6A Glencoe at home before the familiar breakdown in which the visiting Crimson Tide fought back for a 78-74 win.

Archer continued to coach the team throughout the summer despite low numbers. Archer took over after a three-season stint from Jerry Allen, who was let go by the district following the 2014 season. Before Allen was longtime coach Todd Smith, who ran the program from 1995 to 2011.

St. Helens athletic director Matt Morgan said Archer will be missed, but it doesn't mean the program will have to start over.

“He was put in a tough position to choose a career move which conflicted with his ability to continue to coach our boys basketball team,” Morgan said. “I know this was not an easy decision for him. He was looking forward to building on the foundation that was set by his coaching staff. He set the stage for success with our boys program and I want to make sure that we continue on that path.”

Morgan said Archer handled the move with “professionalism and class.”

“We are fortunate to have had him here and I wish him the best of luck in the future,” Morgan said.