Archie Skemp is best known for being the head coach of the dominant Richmond Raiders junior football team from 1984 to 1989 – a team he guided to six consecutive BC championship appearances, three BC championship titles and a Western Canadian Championship title.
In particular, his Raiders from 1984 to 1986 is still considered being among the most dominating teams in BCFC history compiling a combined regular season record of 24 wins and one loss while outscoring the opposition by a combined 989-180. In those three seasons, the Raiders captured three straight BCFC Championship titles and defeated the CJFL powerhouse Regina Rams in the 1984 Western Canadian Championship game.
He also spent time as an assistant coach at Richmond High School alongside head coach Jeff Lochbaum, and was the school’s head coach in 1976 when they captured their first-ever B.C. provincial title with a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame. Archie passed away in 2007 leaving behind a great legacy of coaching from pee wee to high school to junior football.