Angelina College Athletics Weekly Update


Greetings all, and welcome to another year of Angelina College Athletics. I hope your summer was great, and I hope you’re ready to get back into the swing of everything.

Our AC athletes are back on campus and hitting the practice fields already. On Sunday we held our annual Meet the Roadrunners banquet, and this Friday marks the opening weekend of Lady Roadrunner and Roadrunner soccer.

Here’s a quick rundown for you:

Meet the Roadrunner Banquet:

Sunday’s annual Meet the Roadrunner Banquet brought together our student-athletes and their families in one big gathering. There was a slide show/recap of a phenomenal 2022-2023 year at AC Athletics (including two teams – men’s soccer and softball – qualifying for national tournaments in the same year for the first time in AC history), and a challenge from president Dr. Michael Simon to “Beat that!”

Head coaches then brought their players forward for introductions and comments about the upcoming seasons.

The Roadrunner Foundation hosted the event, while Raising Cane’s sponsored and provided the meal.

Angelina College’s Ana Rendon runs her team through a drill during Wednesday’s practice session. The Lady Roadrunners open the regular season as part of a women’s/men’s doubleheader starting at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Northeast Texas Community College. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

AC Soccer Teams’ Open Season on Friday

With the NJCAA soccer season opening every August, players don’t get a ton of time to prepare, especially considering they don’t arrive on their respective campuses until the very beginning of the month.

Nevertheless, both the Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners will kick off their 2023 campaigns this Friday, September 1 at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant.

The Lady ‘Runners, under first-year head coach Orlando Cervantes, kick-off at 2:30 p.m., and the Roadrunners and first-year head coach Martin Melchor follow at 5 p.m.

Both teams will play their home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 5 against Paris College. Game time is 5 p.m. for the Lady Roadrunners and 7:30 p.m. for the Roadrunners.

A tailgate party will take place before the games. Contact Brett Reeves ( for more information.

The Angelina College men’s soccer team poses for a team photo during a recent Media Day. The Roadrunners open the 2023 regular season on Friday as part of a women’s/men’s doubleheader at Northeast Texas Community College. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

To view the full schedule of Angelina College Athletics events, visit

The email address for AC’s Sports Information Director is


Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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