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ACU selects veteran FBS defensive coordinator as new head football coach

Keith Patterson, currently the defensive coordinator at Texas Tech University, will be the next head football coach at Abilene Christian University.                  Patterson’s experience includes 13 years leading some of the nation’s top defenses at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. The FBS teams he coached … Continued
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ACU names Zack Lassiter as vice president for athletics

Zack Lassiter, deputy athletics director for external operations at Oregon State University, will be the new vice president for athletics at Abilene Christian University, ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “We had a strong pool of talented candidates from across the nation,” Schubert said. “Zack really stood out because … Continued

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Ward to step down as ACU director of athletics

Abilene Christian University director of athletics Allen Ward announced today his intention to step down at the end of the Fall 2021 semester to pursue other professional opportunities. A search will begin immediately for his successor. The veteran athletics administrator has begun his fourth year at ACU after 25 years at Murray (Kentucky) State University … Continued

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Soccer camp offers skills, fun to local refugee children

A group of Abilene refugee children spent last week playing, making friends and learning new skills during a free soccer camp at Abilene Christian University, thanks to a collaboration between local volunteers, the ACU women’s soccer team and the International Rescue Committee. Drs. Heidi and Jason Morris both teach at ACU. Heidi is an associate … Continued

Brette Tanner named 17th head coach of ACU men’s basketball

Abilene Christian University athletics director Allen Ward announced Wednesday that longtime Wildcat associate men’s basketball head coach Brette Tanner has accepted an offer to be the 17th head coach in program history. “I’m humbled and honored to be the next head coach of Abilene Christian basketball, and to continue leading this program,” said Tanner, who … Continued

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UCLA coaching legend John Wooden had an affinity for ACU

Abilene Christian University and UCLA have never played a collegiate basketball game against each other. That will change today at 4:15 p.m. when the No. 14-seed Wildcats and No. 11-seed Bruins meet in the second round of the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional in Indianapolis. They have a unique connection in their legendary former head coach … Continued

Joe Pleasant, whose two late free throws and stolen pass sealed ACU’s upset win over Texas, leaps with joy while leading teammates off Unity Court at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the NCAA Tournament.

Trending topic: Wildcats’ win draws flurry of attention

Just after the clock struck midnight Sunday, the rest of the sports world was discovering what Wildcat fans already knew: The Abilene Christian University men’s basketball team meant business and its defense could keep up with some of the nation’s best teams – and then some. No. 14-seed Abilene Christian’s upset of No. 3-seed University … Continued

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ACU-Texas showdowns have made other sports history, too

It won’t necessarily be a bad thing should the pace of tonight’s NCAA Tournament basketball game hit the gas and “turn into a track meet” between Abilene Christian University and The University of Texas at Austin. After all, that’s how the Wildcats and Longhorns have known each other best for more than 80 years. While … Continued

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At NCAA Tournament, typical days are anything but ordinary

If a normal day exists at an NCAA Tournament transformed by COVID-19 health protocols, it took the Wildcats a few days before experiencing one. Upon arrival in downtown Indianapolis on Sunday for their second consecutive appearance in March Madness, the NCAA required the team to pass two COVID-19 tests before it could meet together and … Continued

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Wildcats enjoy big stage of March Madness in equally big venue

For many college basketball teams, no one would blame them if their first arrival at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this week played out a little like the famous scene from the movie Hoosiers. In the classic 1986 sports movie, small-town high school basketball players enter with wide eyes and in awe of the large … Continued