Tara Archibald enters her third season as an assistant coach for the Georgia program.
In 2013, Archibald helped freshman Chelsea Wilkinson to the All-SEC Freshman Team and the SEC All-Tournament Team. Wilkinson finished the season with an overall record of 8-6, but was 5-2 in SEC play with four wins over ranked teams. She also earned All-Tournament honors after going 1-0 in a complete-game shutout over LSU. As a staff, Georgia posted an ERA of 3.12 with 24 complete games and 13 shutouts.
In 2012, Archibald coached pitcher Erin Arevalo to Third Team All-American honors, as well as Second Team All-SEC honors and SEC All-Tournament honors. In her first season working with Georgia's pitchers, Archibald helped lower the team ERA from 2.19 in 2011, to 1.69 in 2012.
A native of Johnston City, Ill., Archibald joined the Bulldogs in August of 2011 having previously served as manager and coach of the Southern Force Softball Organization from 2003-11. Through her role with the Southern Force, an elite level travel ball program, Archibald developed and assisted over 50 high school athletes in earning college scholarships including five that went on to earn collegiate All-America honors. Archibald led the Southern Force Organization to five Final Four appearances at the ASA 16U "A" Nationals including a Runner-Up National Championship in 2007. Her squad also finished second in the 16U Independence Day Tournament in Boulder, Colo., in 2007 and then won the tournament in 2011.
Additionally, Archibald was an assistant coach at Pinckneyville High School from 2005-06. The Panthers won Conference, Regional and Sectional Championships in both 2005 and 2006, and in 2005, they advanced to finish fourth at the IHSA State Tournament. Archibald also served as the head coach of the Pinckneyville Middle School team from 2005-06 leading her squad to a Regional Championship and a fourth-place finish at the IJHSAA State Tournament.
A member of the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale softball team from 2000-03, Archibald helped the Salukis earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament win in 2003 en route to advancing to the school's first Sweet 16 appearance. Archibald also excelled in the classroom at SIU as a four-time NCAA Scholar Athlete Award winner and recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award in 2003. In 2004, Archibald completed her Bachelor's Degree at SIU in Elementary Education graduating Summa Cum Laude. She then taught Junior High Language Arts from 2004-05 at CUSD #204 in Pinckneyville and third grade at Pinckneyville Elementary School.
Archibald is married to Bryan Archibald, and they have three children: Aiden, Maddux and Payton.