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Abilene Christian extends Dorrel through 2023

Abilene Christian football coach Adam Dorrel has agreed to a multi-year contract extension through 2023, the school announced Wednesday.

Dorrel, who is beginning his third year with the Wildcats, had signed a five-year deal when he made the move from Division II Northwest Missouri State to ACU in December 2016.

The Wildcats are coming off their best season since making the jump from Division II to the Division I-FCS Southland Conference in 2013. ACU, which didn't play a Southland Conference schedule until 2014, tied for fourth in conference play with Central Arkansas last season at 5-4. The Wildcats, 6-5 overall, were a game back of Lamar and two games back of Nicholls and Lamar in the loss column. The three teams that finished ahead of ACU all made the playoffs.

"I'm so thankful for the high-level commitment (ACU president) Dr. Schubert and (ACU athletics director) Allen Ward have made to our program," Dorrel said. "Even in the short time I've been here, there's been substantial upgrades with regard to our game day facilities, weight room, and academic areas all of which have a profound impact on what we do as coaches. Having quality spaces for our student-athletes to learn, train, study, eat or even relax goes a long way in recruiting the very best players from around the country.

"I'm more than pleased with the direction our program and university are headed together, and I'm ecstatic to get this season started. But, for me, it's not just about winning games, my coaches and I also are here to grow these young men spiritually and academically."

Not only did ACU improve on the field last season, but the Wildcats posted a 3.00 team grade-point average this past spring up from a 2.97 in the fall.

Senior wide receiver Josh Fink was voted first team academic All-America last December and made the Southland's All-Academic list along with fullback Chance Pierce, offensive lineman and Wylie grad Kade Parmelly, safety Erik Huhn and the league's student-athlete of the year quarterback Luke Anthony.

"He's doing a great job building our program, both competitively and academically," Ward said of Dorrel. "I'm a big believer that patience is one of the key elements in developing a successful and sustainable Division I program, and giving our head coach the time he needs to develop his players both mentally and physically is essential in my opinion."

"ACU fans saw the progress made in Adam's second season at the helm," added Ward. "They should be excited about the future of ACU football. And as the AD, it's pleasing to know that Coach Dorrel is making decisions in the long-term best interest of the program. He has earned this extension."

The Wildcats are in their second week of fall camp, and Dorrel has liked what he's seen from a veteran-laden team so far.

"I've been extremely pleased with the efforts and energy through the first week of camp," he said. "We've had guys come out and battle through the elements better than in my first two years here, and that's a credit to our on-field leadership. Those guys are doing a great job setting the tone at practice in allowing us to get work done.

"The execution has been there on both sides of the ball, and we're seeing good things on special teams. I'm proud of our guys. We just need to maintain this level of consistency."

ACU opens the season against North Texas on Aug. 31 in Denton.

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August 7, 2019

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