Jared Mosley, Director of Athletics
ACU Box 27916; Abilene, Texas 79699-7916
Teague Special Events Center
Abilene Christian University is widely known for having one of the premier athletics programs in the NCAA Division II. As a member of the Lone Star Conference, ACU competes in the men's sports of baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field, and in the women's sports of basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball.
The university has some of the finest athletics facilities in the nation with a 4,500-seat gymnasium (Moody Coliseum) that serves as the home court for ACU basketball and volleyball, and the adjoining Gibson Health and Physical Education Center. ACU also plays in one of the best collegiate baseball facilities in the country in 4,000-seat Crutcher Scott Field. With a clubhouse, modern press box and new indoor hitting facility, ACU baseball players enjoy a facility that is on par with those at numerous NCAA Division I programs across the county.
ACU also has an all-weather, nine-lane track at Elmer Gray Stadium that has hosted some of the greatest athletes in both the country and world over the years. ACU Olympians Bobby Morrow, Earl Young, Billy Pemelton, Billy Olson and Tim Bright competed there, as did other Olympians including sprinter Michael Johnson. Wilma Rudolph was the headliner at the 1960 U.S. Women's Olympic Trials at the stadium.
The ACU football team plays at 15,000-seat Shotwell Stadium, an almost-50-year-old facility that in recent years has received some tremendous upgrades. The stadium boasts one of the largest and best high-definition scoreboards in the Southwest, and it also has new locker rooms and a FieldTurf playing surface. The Wildcats have played all of their home games in the stadium since 1959, and future NFL players like Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, John Randle, Hall of Famer Darrell Green, Wade Wilson, Wilbert Montgomery, Dominic Rhodes, Jermaine Mayberry, Robert Garza, Keith Traylor, Pierce Holt and Daniel Manning have played at the stadium.
The men's and women's tennis teams compete at one of the finest tennis facilities in the nation in the Eager Tennis Center. The Judi and Cecil Eager Tennis Pavilion was added to the complex in 2002, and the center underwent more extensive renovations in summer 2007, adding more courts and lighting, re-covering the existing courts with new surfacing and adding new wind screens.
The newest facility for ACU student-athletes to enjoy is the Soccer/Softball Complex, which is located just south of Wells Field in between the ACU softball and soccer fields. The complex, scheduled to be ready for use in mid-April 2009, will house coaches’ offices, locker rooms, and team rooms for both the women’s soccer and softball programs. The facility will also house a large sports medicine room that will serve both programs. Also housed in the facility will be an indoor batting facility for the women’s softball team to use during times of inclement weather. The complex will also include restrooms and a concession stand that will serve fans for both soccer and softball games.
The remarkable success of ACU Wildcat student-athletes over the years is a tribute to the athletes, the coaches and the tradition of winning that permeates the program. ACU recruits its student-athletes for their academic and spiritual qualities, as well as their athletic abilities.
ACU has won all-sports titles in 25 of their 37 years in the rugged Lone Star Conference, including 14 straight from 1995-96 through the 2008-09 athletic year. ACU has four times finished runner-up in competition for the United States Sports Academy Director's Cup, which recognizes the best all-around athletics program in NCAA Division II. ACU is the only school in NCAA Division II to finish in the top 15 in each of the 15 final director's cup standings.
In addition to 63 national team championships, hundreds of student-athletes have won individual national championships, earned all-America honors and been named academic all-America. In addition, several ACU student-athletes have been named to various halls of fame around the country.
The 56 NCAA team national championships that ACU has won through the winter of 2011 is fifth in NCAA history behind only UCLA, Stanford, USC and Kenyon College. When you add it all up, it is no surprise we like to say that ACU is "Where Champions Are Made."
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