Abilene Christian Wildcats football

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Abilene Christian Wildcats
2017 Abilene Christian Wildcats football team
Abilene Christian Wildcats Wordmark.png
First season 1910
Athletic director Lee De León
Head coach Adam Dorrel
2017 season, 2–9 (.182)
Stadium Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium
(Capacity: 12,000)
Location Abilene, Texas
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Southland Conference
All-time record 497–409–31 (.547)
Claimed nat'l titles 2 (2 NAIA)
Conference titles 12 (7 TCAC, 1 Gulf Coast, 4 Lone Star)
Division titles 3 (3 Lone Star South)
Rivalries Incarnate Word
Colors Purple and White[1]
         
Outfitter Nike
Website ACUSports.com

The Abilene Christian Wildcats football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Abilene Christian University located in the U.S. state of Texas. The team are members of the Southland Conference.[2] The school's first football team was fielded in 1919. The team played its home games at the 15,075 seat Shotwell Stadium through the 2016 season; the team will open the new on-campus Wildcat Stadium on September 16, 2017.[3] Adam Dorrel is the head coach. For the 2013 season, Abilene Christian competed as an Independent in the NCAA Division I FCS.

History[edit]

Football classifications[edit]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Head coaching history[edit]

Name Seasons Record Pct
Vernon McCasland 1919 2–2 .500
Sewell Jones 1920 4–0–1 .900
Russell Lewis 1921 2–5 .286
Victor Payne 1922–1923 12–3 .800
A. B. Morris 1924–1941 66–77–18 .466
Tonto Coleman 1942–1949 28–15–2 .644
Garvin Beauchamp 1950–1955 39–18–4 .672
N. L. Nicholson 1956–1961 28–30–1 .483
Les Wheeler 1962–1967 29–28 .509
Wally Bullington 1968–1976 62–32–2 .656
DeWitt Jones 1977–1978 18–4–1 .804
Ted Sitton 1979–1984 34–27–1 .556
John Payne 1985–1990 26–34–1 .435
Ronnie Peacock 1991–1992 4–15 .211
Bob Strader 1993–1995 14–17 .452
Jack Kiser 1996–1999 22–19 .537
Gary Gaines 2000–2004 21–30 .412
Chris Thomsen 2005–2011 61–21 .744
Ken Collums 2012–2016 24–32 .429
Adam Dorrel 2017–present 2–9 .182

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Championships[edit]

  • 1939: Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference co-champions
  • 1940: Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference co-champions
  • 1946: Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference champions
  • 1950: Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference champions
  • 1951: Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference champions
  • 1952: Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference champions
  • 1953: Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference champions
  • 1955: Gulf Coast Conference champions
  • 1973: NAIA Division I National Champions, Lone Star Conference champions
  • 1977: NAIA Division I National Champions, Lone Star Conference co-champions
  • 2002: Lone Star Conference South Division co-champions
  • 2008: Lone Star South Division & Conference champions
  • 2010: Lone Star South Division & Conference champions

Future scheduled out of conference games[edit]

Sources:[4]

Future Out of Conference Games
Year Home Games Neutral Games Away Games Game Dates
2017 New Mexico
Colorado State
Sep 2
Sep 9
2018 Baylor Sep 1
2019 North Texas
Mississippi State
Aug 31
Oct 12
2020 Texas A&M Nov 21
2021 SMU Sep 4
2022 Kansas State Sep 3
2024 Texas Tech
2026 Texas Tech

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colors of Master Logo - Office of University Marketing". Archived from the original on March 9, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ McMurphy, Brett. "Abilene Christian to Southland". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "ACU, Daktronics partner for video board at stadium" (Press release). Abilene Christian Wildcats. February 16, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017. Fans will get their first glimpse at the new board and all it has to offer when the Wildcats play their first game in the new stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, against Houston Baptist. 
  4. ^ "ACU sets football's non-conference slate through 2021". Abilene Christian University Athletics. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

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