ACU Hires Texas Tech DC to be next Head Coach


ABILENE, TX- Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Keith Patterson will be the next head coach at Abilene Christian University.

Patterson has been with the Texas Tech Red Raiders since 2019 but has been with Utah State, Arizona State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Tulsa.

Former ACU head coach Adam Dorrel was fired on November 21 after going 19-32 in 5 seasons with the team.

ACU president Phil Schubert said in a press released, “From high schools to FBS programs, he has a strong knowledge of and familiarity with coaches in this part of the nation, a reputation for coaching high-level defenses and tremendous postseason experience. We believe he will be a great fit for ACU and our talented student-athletes.”

This will be Patterson’s first head coaching job since 1997-1999 season when he was a head coach at Ardmore High School in Oklahoma.

“I am excited and thankful for this opportunity and confident we can build a program that will make ACU and the community proud, and whose philosophy and foundation will align with the Christian mission of the university.” Patterson said.

Keith Patterson will continue working at Texas Tech until after the Liberty Bowl when Tech plays Mississippi State on December 28, 2021.

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