Lost Lobo: ACU says goodbye to the Wolf

The old guard came home to huddle one last time around the one they called Wolf. To do for him, once and for all, what he’d never done for himself. Jerry “Wolfie” Wilson (’71) died April 25 at the age of 69 after a brief battle with cancer. His nickname came from Ron Willingham (’54), […]


Nike innovator Hatfield is a master maker

For someone with an impressive clientele of world-class athletes and products to his credit, Nike’s Tobie Hatfield (’87) keeps a bit of a low profile. That changed a bit with our new issue of ACU Today magazine, which takes a look at the “Master Maker” whose work as senior director of athlete innovations at Nike has […]


Gilbreth’s MLB career celebrated in new issue

A new MLB season begins in earnest today but a special one in the life of Wildcat baseball great Bill Gilbreth (’69) is celebrated in the Winter-Spring 2017 issue of ACU Today magazine. “A Tiger in My Hometown” is my recollection of a trip last June to Detroit with Gilbreth and Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64), vice president of […]


ACU to face SMU after WNIT upset of OSU

Two days after their biggest win since beginning a transition to NCAA Division I, Julie Goodenough’s ACU team (23-8) is preparing for the second round of the postseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament and a matchup Monday night in Dallas against SMU (18-14). Tipoff is 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus, where ACU’s opponent […]


Stillwater Ran Deep: Coach recalls OSU days

Stillwater, Okla., wasn’t Julie Goodenough’s first rodeo. But heading back there 15 years later to lead Abilene Christian University into a women’s basketball battle against against her former team, Goodenough admits the bull was bigger than she thought. “I honestly had no clue,” she recalls, “about the vast difference between coaching in the Big 12 […]


Angels and Demons: Clothed in righteousness

For two-and-a-half hours on a recent Saturday, Mike McConathy was the worst dressed man in college basketball. The men’s head coach of Northwestern State University had arrived at Moody Coliseum decked out smartly in a gray sport coat with crossing purple stripes, black slacks and a dark mock turtleneck. But just before his team tipped […]


Super Man: Gabriel soars to NFL stardom

The straightest line between the points of Mesquite, Texas, and NRG Stadium in Houston is 250 miles. Taylor Gabriel (’15) took the scenic route. Barely three years since completing his record-setting career at Abilene Christian University, Gabriel will be the latest Wildcat player to reach the Super Bowl when his Atlanta Falcons take on the […]


Dorrel answers new calling: ACU head coach

College football’s winningest active head football coach today accepted a new job as Wildcat leader, saying he’s ready for a fresh challenge in his career and feeling like he’s being called to Abilene Christian University for a higher purpose in his life. Adam Dorrel, whose Northwest Missouri State University team two days ago won its third NCAA […]


ACU Remembers: Waymond Griggs

Waymond E. Griggs (’58), a member of Abilene Christian University’s Sports Hall of Fame and one of the top sprinters in the world during a standout collegiate career, died Nov. 30, 2016, in Abilene at age 80. A graveside service will be held Monday, Dec. 5, at Hamby Cemetery in Jones County, Texas, under the direction […]


Pit Stop: ACU returns to Lobos’ hoops haven

Dr. David Wray (’67) didn’t score the most famous two points in the history of the University of New Mexico’s legendary basketball arena known as The Pit. That distinction belongs, now and forever, to Lorenzo Charles whose unintentional alley oop dunk at the buzzer led North Carolina State University and fiery coach Jim Valvano to […]

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