Abilene Christian Wildcats

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Abilene Christian Wildcats
Logo
University Abilene Christian University
Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Allen Ward
Location Abilene, Texas
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium
Arena Moody Coliseum
Baseball stadium Crutcher Scott Field
Softball stadium Poly Wells Field
Soccer stadium Elmer Gray Stadium
Mascot Willie, the Wildcat
Nickname Wildcats
Fight song ACU Fight Song
Colors Purple and White[1]
         
Website www.acusports.com

Abilene Christian Wildcats (variously ACU or ACU Wildcats) refers to the sports teams of Abilene Christian University located in Abilene, Texas. The Wildcats play in the Southland Conference. The nickname "Wildcat" is derived from the mascot of the team.

History[edit]

On July 1, 2013, Abilene Christian returned to the Southland Conference as one of four new members. The university, a charter member of the Southland Conference, left the Southland in 1973 to join the Lone Star Conference (LSC) of NCAA Division II. The Wildcats remained members of the Lone Star Conference from 1973 until returning to the Southland Conference in 2013.

Overall, the Wildcats have won a combined 62 team national championships, including 57 as a member of the NCAA trailing behind UCLA, Stanford, USC and Kenyon College for the most NCAA team championships.[2]

In 2007, the LSC included 33 ACU current and former student athletes in its 75-member all-sports team commemorating the conference's 75th anniversary.[3]

On August 23, 2017 the NCAA Board Of Directors voted to pass ACU through to full Division I status, thus making them eligible for postseason play.

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Cross country
Football Soccer
Golf Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track and field Track and field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Championships[edit]

They have national championships in:

Football (2) (NAIA Division I: 1977, 1973)

Men's Cross Country (2) (NCAA Division II: 2006, 2007)

Men's Golf (1) (NCAA Division II: 1993)

Men's Indoor Track and Field (14) (NCAA Division II: 1988, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2011); NAIA (1978)

Women's Indoor Track and Field (12) (NCAA Division II: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)

Men's Outdoor Track and Field (14) (NCAA Division II: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008); NAIA: (1952, 1954, 1955, 1982)

Women's Outdoor Track and Field (10) (NCAA Division II: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2008)

Conference[edit]

They have conference championships in:

Football (1973, 1977, 2008, 2010)

Men's Cross Country (1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Women's Cross Country (1983, 1984, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

Men's Basketball (1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87)

Women's Basketball (1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99)

Golf (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2010)

Men's Track and Field (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Women's Track and Field (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Men's Tennis (1988, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010)

Women's Tennis (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Baseball (1993, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)

Volleyball (2004, 2005)

Women's Soccer (2010)

ACU Athletes in halls of fame[edit]

College FootballWilbert Montgomery (1996).

Drake RelaysBobby Morrow, (1959).

Lone Star ConferenceWilbert Montgomery, football (1996); Billy Olson, men's track and field (1997); Wally Bullington, football (1999); Wes Kittley, track and field (2006).

U.S. OlympicBobby Morrow, men's track and field (1989).

Texas SportsBobby Morrow (1960), Tonto Coleman (1983), Eck Curtis (1985).

U.S. Track and FieldBobby Morrow (1975).

Athletic administration[edit]

  • Allen Ward, Director of Athletics
  • Dave Kinard, Deputy Director of Athletics
  • Drew Long, Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations
  • Lance Fleming, Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations (Football, Men's Basketball)
  • Chris Macaluso, Assistant Director of Media Relations (Baseball, Women's Basketball, Cross Country, Track & Field, Volleyball)
  • Lisa Gilmore, Senior Associate Director of Athletics / SWA
  • Cory Driskill, Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Performance
  • Bret Miguez, Director of Strength and Conditioning
  • Alicia English, Assistant Director of Athletics for External Operations

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colors of Master Logo - Office of University Marketing". Archived from the original on March 9, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ All divisions/collegiate total championships ncaa.org, Chipionship History (through June 2, 2013), p.1. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  3. ^ "Wildcats lead way as LSC honors all-time top performers," ACU Today, Summer 2007, p.32. Retrieved 2008-09-22. Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Abilene Christian University Athletics – Staff Directory

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