Payne pictured in Prickly Pear 1923, Abilene Christian yearbook
July 3, 1899|
|Died||October 26, 1981
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1927–1928||Texas Tech (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
Victor D. "Vic" Payne, Jr. (July 3, 1899 – October 26, 1981) was an American college basketball and college football coach. He was the head football coach at Abilene Christian College and Simmons University. Payne was also the basketball head coach at Texas Technological College—now known as Texas Tech University.
Payne was the fourth head college football coach at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and he held that position for two seasons, from 1922 until 1923. During his time at Abilene Christian, Sam Cox of Ozona, Texas, sent him a young wildcat named Bob Thomas to serve as a live athletics mascot for the college.
Payne's coaching record at Abilene Christian was 12–3.
Payne coached the Texas Tech Matadors (now known as the Red Raiders) from 1927 to 1930. During the first season, the team won ten games and lost six. The following season, the record was slightly worse at 9–8. During his final season, the team improved to 13–6. Payne's overall record at Texas Tech stands at 32 wins and 20 losses.
In 1949, he was working for the Abilene Savings and Loan Company.
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