ACU’s first academic all-America and the first female student-athlete to earn an athletic scholarship highlight a group of five alumni who will be inducted into the ACU Sports Hall of Fame later this fall.
Inductees into the hall will be football letterman Jack Griggs, former volleyball standout and head coach Kathy (Williams) Moore, former men’s basketball sharp-shooter Hunter Cooley, former football and track and field standout Chip Martin, and former football letterman and longtime assistant coach Jerry Wilson.
The Class of 2013 will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during the annual festivities on Friday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the McCaleb Conference Center at the Hunter Welcome Center. Tickets to the induction ceremony can be purchased by calling 325-674-CATS or 325-674-2353.
Here are bios for each of the inductees:
Hunter Cooley is best remembered for his all-America campaign of 1991-92, in which he scored 588 points and helped resurrect a program that went winless without him the season prior. After missing all of 1990-91, Cooley excelled in every aspect of his game. In 1991-92, the Wildcats won 17 games and stunned the LSC with a third-place finish of 7-5. Cooley led ACU in scoring with 20.3 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He also led the LSC in free throw percentage for third time in his career at .886. Cooley was recognized at the conference and national level at the end of his final season, as he received a spot on the all-LSC first team and was named all-America honorable mention by NCAA D-II Bulletin. A native of nearby Hawley, Cooley left ACU as its ninth all-time leading scorer with 1,395 points. In February 2013 he was voted to the men’s basketball Starting Five as one of the top players in ACU’s history during the Lone Star Conference era (1973-2013).
Dr. Jack Griggs
The first academic all-America student-athlete at Abilene Christian, Dr. Jack Griggs was a standout linebacker on the 1963 football team, one of the best in ACU history. As a senior that year, Griggs helped the Wildcats to an 8-1 record as the team won its final eight games of the season, including a 32-29 win at Fresno State University in the season finale. In that game, the native of Monahans played perhaps the best game of his career with 17 tackles, including eight solo stops. Griggs was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at linebacker and offensive guard for the Wildcats. Griggs earned a B.A. degree from ACU in 1964, and an M.B.A. in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1971, both from The University of Texas at Austin. He has been a bank president, professor and College of Business Administration dean at ACU, and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. He serves the university as the Overton Faubus Professor Emeritus of Business. Since his recognition in 1963, more than 50 ACU student-athletes have earned more than 70 academic all-America accolades.
Chip Martin was a two-sport standout for the ACU Wildcats in the early 1970s, starring in both football and track and field. He was a three-year letterwinner in track and field and two-year letterwinner in football. As a junior in 1973 he set the then-school and Southland Conference record in the shot put at 60 feet, .25 inches. That throw still ranks him among the top nine performers in the shot put in ACU history. He had the top shot put mark at ACU from 1971-73 and in 1972 he won the shot put at the Texas Triangular Meet in Austin, Rice Quadrangular Meet in Houston, ACC Classic in Abilene, ACC Triangular in Abilene and Southland Conference championship meet. in two seasons on the football field, Martin finished with 152 tackles, 16 quarterbacks sacks and four fumble recoveries. As a junior in 1973 he was voted the Outstanding Lineman in the 18th annual NAIA Champion Bowl as ACU beat Elon (N.C.) College, 42-14, to win the national championship. He was also voted second team all-Lone Star Conference. As a senior he had 89 tackles, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries and he was voted first team Kodak College Division I all-America. He was also voted first team
all-Lone Star Conference and honorable mention all-America by the Associated Press. As a senior, Martin was also the team captain and received the team's Best Tackler Award.
Kathy Moore – the first female student-athlete to be awarded a scholarship at Abilene Christian – earned four varsity letters in volleyball (1975-78) and was named the Most Valuable Player on the 1978 team that finished 29-10 and third in the AIAW Division II Southwest Region Tournament. In 1979, Moore won the first Paul Goad Memorial Award honoring the best female student-athlete at ACU. During her four years as a player, ACU had a combined record of 86-54. Just one year after she graduated, Moore became the head volleyball coach at ACU, and she served in that role for seven season, compiling a 109-138-2 mark. Her best season came in 1981 when she coached the Wildcats to a 34-18 record.
Jerry Wilson coached at Abilene Christian for a total of 27 years over two different
time periods (1972-90 and 2000-07). He was also a three-year letterman at ACU from 1968-70 and served as the head baseball coach from 1973-75. During his first tenure as the defensive coordinator, ACU produced three first team, three second team and two third team all-America players. Wilson was the defensive coordinator of the 1977 Wildcat football team that beat Southwestern Oklahoma State in the Apple Bowl in Seattle to win the NAIA Division I national championship. Wilson was a defensive assistant on the 1973 ACU team that beat Elon College to win the school’s first NAIA Division I football national championship. He played linebacker at ACU, and he helped the nationally ranked Wildcats to a 9-2 season in 1970. He missed the 1969 season with an injury, but helped coach the Wildcats and helped linebacker Chip Bennett earn small college Defensive Player of the Year honors from Sport magazine. He became a full-time assistant coach at ACU after he graduated in 1971 and served on the staff until 1990. After leaving ACU following the 1990 season, he went to Abilene High in 1991 and then followed head coach Gary Gaines to San Angelo in the summer of 1996. When Gaines became the ACU head coach in 2000, Wilson returned to ACU in January 2000 after nine years coaching at Abilene High School and San Angelo Central High School.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.