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Bacon coaches high school team to state title

Michael Bacon (center) with two of ACHS' top players, Daniel Austin (left) and Ben George.
A sizeable number of Abilene Christian University students have played on high school state championship teams, but only one moonlights as head coach of a squad that captured one over the weekend: Michael Bacon.
The ACU senior interdisciplinary major’s after-school job involves serving as the head boys’ basketball coach at nearby Abilene Christian High School, where he played just four seasons ago.
Saturday night, Bacon-coached ACHS beat Houston Beren Academy 46-42 in Fort Worth to win the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ (TAPPS) Class 2A title.
The win capped a 25-4 season for the Panthers, Bacon’s first head coaching position.
Beren’s appearance in the state tournament was made possible when TAPPS altered its schedule to allow the Orthodox Jewish school to not play on the Jewish Sabbath (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday).
Bacon, the 22-year-old son of journalism and mass communication professor and chair Dr. Cheryl Mann Bacon (’76), is a sideline reporter on Wildcat sports network broadcasts.