Jared Mosley, Director of Athletics
ACU Box 27916; Abilene, Texas 79699-7916
Teague Special Events Center
For most of the last 40 years, Abilene Christian University fielded one of the top athletics programs in the NCAA Division II. Now, however, the Wildcats are leaving the comfort of Division II to move up to NCAA Division I affiliation, re-joining the Southland Conference, the league it helped form 50 years ago. ACU will become a member of the Southland Conference, ACU competes in the men's sports of baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball. For 2013 only, the ACU football program will be an NCAA Division I independent program and will not begin playing a Southland Conference schedule until 2014.
The university enjoys the luxury of fine athletics facilities with a 4, 500-seat gymnasium (Moody Coliseum) that serves as the home court for ACU basketball and volleyball, and the adjoining Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness 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 indoor hitting facility, ACU baseball players enjoy a facility that is on par with those at 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-60-year-old 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 Famers John Randle and Darrell Green, Wade Wilson, Wilbert Montgomery, Dominic Rhodes, Jermaine Mayberry, Robert Garza, Keith Traylor, Pierce Holt and Daniel Manning, Bernard Scott, Johnny Knox and Clyde Gates 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, recovering 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 houses coaches' offices, locker rooms, and team rooms for both the women's soccer and softball programs. The facility also houses a large sports medicine room that serves both programs. Also housed in the facility is an indoor batting facility for the women's softball team to use during times of inclement weather. The complex also includes restrooms and a concession stand that serves 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.
In addition to 64 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 57 NCAA team national championships that ACU has won 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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