Abilene Christian Wildcats football
2021 Abilene Christian Wildcats football team
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
ConferenceWAC
All-time record497–409–31 (.547)
Claimed national 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 was a member of the Southland Conference through the 2020–21 season,[2] but joined the Western Athletic Conference in July 2021, coinciding with that league's reinstatement of football as an official conference sport.[3] 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

Football classifications

Conference affiliations

Head coaching history

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

Notable alumni include:

Championships

National championships

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

Future non-conference games

Sources:[4]

Year Home Games Away games Game dates
2021 University of Texas-Permian Basin Sept. 18 SMU

Southern Utah

September 4

September 11

2022 Prairie View A&M Missouri September 10

September 17

2023 Northern Colorado


Prairie View A&M

Texas A&M

September 2

September 9

November 18

2024 Texas Tech

Northern Colorado
New Mexico State

August 31

September 14

November 23

2026 Texas Tech September 5
2028 Texas A&M TBA

See also

References

  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. ^ "WAC Announces Expedited Entrance for Four Texas Institutions" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. January 21, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "Future Abilene Christian Football Schedules". FBSchedules. Retrieved January 5, 2021.