Angelina College Weekly Update

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Hey, sports fans,

This past week saw the Roadrunner family grieve the loss of a “founding father” while also continuing to look forward to the future.

We’ve got more Youth Camps and Showcases, and we now have schedules in place for both the Lady Roadrunner and Roadrunner soccer teams.

It’s about to get crazy up in here.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Roadrunner Program Mourns Loss of ‘Coach Ferg’

The entire Roadrunner Athletics family is saddened to learn of the loss of Cecil “Coach Ferg” Ferguson this past week.

Coach Ferg was the very first Athletic Director and head men’s basketball coach in Angelina College history. He also served as a faculty member, teaching biology courses at AC, and his granddaughter Krissy played on the Lady Roadrunners’ Division I NJCAA Softball National Championship team back in 2014.

In 2015, Coach Ferg was present when he and former athletic director Guy Davis inducted J.J. Montgomery (the current Roadrunner head men’s basketball coach) into the Angelina College Athletics Hall of Fame. (See attached photo)

While his contributions to Angelina College are immeasurable, it’s important to note how Coach Ferg was instrumental in choosing the AC mascot (the roadrunner) and official colors when he joined the college back in 1968.

Since his retirement several years ago, Coach Ferg has maintained numerous relationships on the campus and often could be seen at various Angelina College events.

While our condolences go out to his entire family, we here at AC Athletics also will choose to celebrate the life and contributions of such a good man.

Thanks for everything, Coach Ferg.

Focus on FUNdamentals

Angelina College Athletics programs are hosting a series of youth summer camps in conjunction with the college’s “Camp Roadrunner” recreation camps. The camps focus on building both fundamentals and love of the game; instructors include the AC coaching staff and player/volunteers.

The camps are open to youngsters from kindergarten through 5th grade. Cost for each camp is $110. Attendees can make this a full-day camp by purchasing a Recreation Camp “Add-on” for $75.00.) Sessions run from 9 a.m. until noon each day.

For registration and other information, visit https://www.angelina.edu/camproadrunner/ and look under the “Athletic Camps” section for the desired sport.

Following are the dates and locations by sport:

Basketball –July 15-18, Shands Gymnasium on the AC campus.

Soccer –July 15-18, AC Soccer Complex on the AC campus.

AC Basketball Hosting Showcase for Incoming High School Seniors

Angelina College Basketball will host an invitation-only showcase for incoming high school seniors on August 2 at Shands Gymnasium. The camp runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and is designed to allow those Class of 2025 student-athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of college coaches.

The session is “Invite Only”, but anyone interested can check out the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ac-basketball-2024-summer-showcase-tickets-923982224707?aff=erellivmlt

AC Soccer Teams Release 2024 Schedules:

Last week, the Roadrunner men’s soccer team released its 2024 schedule.

This week, the Lady Roadrunners announced their future presence.

AC’s ladies, under first-year head coach Sergio Gardea, have put together a grueling schedule for the pre-season, the non-conference season, and the conference season.

The Lady ‘Runners open the pre-season with a pair of home scrimmages on Wednesday, Aug. 7 (vs. LSU-Shreveport) and on Saturday, August 10 (vs. Brookhaven College). Kickoff times are 6 p.m. on Aug. 7, while the Aug. 10th match kickoff time is TBA.

The Lady Roadrunners open the regular season on Aug. 22 at Miami Dade College in Miami before opening conference play at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30 against Northeast Texas Community College.

The men and women currently are schedule to host a total of six home doubleheaders at the AC soccer complex on the Angelina College campus. See the attached schedules for the dates and times.

Changes, Upgrades Coming to AC Athletics Web Site, Social Media

We’re gonna need a bigger website.

Angelina College Athletics’ official website (www.angelinaathletics.com) and all related social media will be getting a massive, much-needed overhaul over the summer. Joining our staff are some true website and graphics wizards, and they’re going to help with the redesign and upkeep of all our forms of internet and social media presence going forward.

Our tentative launch date for all the new-look media is August 1st. That’s when we’re hoping to reveal the new website, along with all the revamped (and possibly reborn) social media sites.

In the meantime, we’ll be posting on all those sites to make everyone aware of the coming changes. Some of the current sites needly only a little updating, while others may have to disappear completely in order to make room for the new version.

As always, we’ll keep you updated all the way up until the big date.

Guy Davis Golf Tournament Date, Location Set

The 17th Annual Guy Davis Golf Tournament has a date now, along with a temporary change in location.

The tournament, hosted by the Roadrunner Foundation, serves as the biggest fund-raiser for all our AC Athletics programs.

This year’s tournament will take place on Saturday, August 17, with the pre-tournament kickoff dinner taking place on Friday, August 16.

Because of the ongoing course renovations at Crown Colony Country Club – the usual site for the tournament – this year’s golf will take place at the Neches Pines Golf Course in Diboll, Texas.

Crown Colony will still serve as the site for the kickoff dinner.

We’ll send out more details as the event draws nearer.

For any other information, contact Gary Stallard at gstallard@angelina.edu.

We’ll see you at the games.

Gary Stallard
Email: gstallard@angelina.edu.
Phone: (936) 465-4614

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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