Where Champions Are Made
ACU athletes win on and off the field
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.
The Wildcats have won all-sports titles 24 of their 35years in the rugged Lone Star Conference, including 13 straight from 1995-96 through the 2007-08 athletic year. ACU has four times recently finished runner-up in competition for the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup, which recognizes the best all-around sports program in NCAA Division II. The Wildcats were second in 2007-08, capping one of the best athletic years in school history. ACU is the only school in NCAA Division II athletics to finish in the top 15 in each of the 13 fnal director's cup standings.
In addition to 62 national team championships, many individual student-athletes have been recognized as academic all-Americans and with many other individual honors. The Wildcats have won 55 NCAA national team championships, which is fourth in NCAA history behind only UCLA, Stanford and USC.
ACU's internationally recognized track and field program has produced world-record holders, more than 20 Olympians, several hundred all-America performers and two Olympic gold medalists. In addition, the program was named the "Texas Sports Dynasty of the Century" by Texas Monthly magazine in November 1999.
ACU athletics programs have also won 143 Lone Star Conference titles since joining the LSC in 1973, more than twice the number of titles won by its closest competitor.
ACU student-athletes are not only successful on the field of competition, but in the classroom. The women's basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the nation in terms of grade point average (3.666) during the 2001-02 school year, and ACU's 29 GTE academic all-Americans in the 1990s was second in all of NCAA Division II, trailing only Pittsburg State (Kan.).
Also, ACU has produced 27 NCAA post-graduate scholarship honorees since 1966, the fifth-highest total in the state of Texas, trailing only the University of Texas, Trinity, Rice and SMU.
When you add it all up, it's no surprise that we like to say that ACU is "Where Champions Are Made."