Abilene Christian Wildcats football

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Abilene Christian Wildcats
2018 Abilene Christian Wildcats football team
Abilene Christian Wildcats Wordmark.png
First season1910
Athletic directorAllen Ward
Head coachAdam Dorrel
2nd season, 8–14 (.364)
StadiumAnthony Field at Wildcat Stadium
(Capacity: 12,000)
LocationAbilene, Texas
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthland Conference
All-time record497–409–31 (.547)
Claimed nat'l titles2 (2 NAIA)
Conference titles12 (7 TCAC, 1 Gulf Coast, 4 Lone Star)
Division titles3 (3 Lone Star South)
RivalriesIncarnate Word
ColorsPurple and White[1]
         
OutfitterNike
WebsiteACUSports.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 is a member of the Southland Conference.[2] The school's first football team was fielded in 1919. The team plays its home games at the on-campus Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium.

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 A. 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 8–14 .364

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1973 Wally Bullington NAIA Playoffs 11–1 Won NAIA Championship
1977 DeWitt Jones NAIA Playoffs 11–1–1 Won NAIA Championship
National Championships 2

Conference 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: Lone Star Conference champions
  • 1977: 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 non-conference games[edit]

Sources:[3]

Year Home Games Neutral games Away games Game dates
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 sets football's non-conference slate through 2021". Abilene Christian University Athletics. Retrieved March 11, 2016.

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