Roadrunner Mascot at Angelina College to Receive Exciting Updates


Lufkin, TX – May 16, 2024—The beloved Roadrunner statue, a cherished symbol of Angelina College, has temporarily been removed from its prominent spot along Highway 59 for an exciting update. The statue, which has stood proudly representing our community spirit and college pride, will undergo necessary enhancements.

Sculpted by I.W. “Buckshot” Ferguson and unveiled on September 13, 1982, the Roadrunner has been a significant part of Angelina College for many years, greeting passersby and welcoming students, faculty, and visitors alike. The decision to update the mascot was made to ensure that it continues to embody the energy and enthusiasm that define our college community.

“We understand the sentimental value the Roadrunner holds for many in our community and want to make sure that it continues to look great for years to come,” said Krista Brown, Associate Vice President of Student Services at Angelina College. “These updates are being done with the utmost care and respect for its legacy. We are confident that the refreshed Roadrunner will continue to inspire pride and joy among all who see it.”

While the Roadrunner is temporarily away, we encourage the community to look forward to its return, which is anticipated to be within the next month. The updated statue will feature enhancements that maintain its iconic look.

Angelina College appreciates the community’s patience and support during this period. We will keep everyone informed about the progress and exact return date of our Roadrunner mascot.

For more information, please contact:
Krista Brown
Associate Vice President
Angelina College
Phone: 936-414-4361

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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