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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.

AC Soccer Teams to Debut New Facility in Home Opener

For the first time in the program’s six-year history, both Angelina College soccer teams entered the season with national rankings in the NJCAA Division pre-season polls, with the men earning a No. 10 ranking and the women coming in at No. 18.

Also for the first time in program history, the AC teams will have their own place to call home: Their very first soccer pitch on the AC campus.

On Wednesday, the No. 18 Lady Roadrunners and the No. 10 Roadrunners will host their regular-season opener against North American University. The matches will take place at the spanking-new soccer facility inside the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex on the Angelina College campus.

The Lady ‘Runners kick off at 5 p.m., with the men following at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to the 5 p.m. kickoff, Angelina College officials and visiting dignitaries will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a ceremonial kickoff starting at 4:15 p.m. The public is invited to experience the beautiful new facility (admission to all AC athletics events is free), and there will be free hot dogs as long as supplies last.

The new fan-friendly stadium features bleacher seating along with available room for personal chairs or blankets.

Should inclement weather impose on the planned ceremony, officials will make an announcement at 2 p.m. regarding possible rescheduling. Fans are encouraged to follow Angelina College Athletics on Twitter (@ACAthletics) or on Facebook (Angelina College Athletics) for current updates.

While the christening of the new digs naturally is a huge deal for the AC program – the teams have been playing at Lufkin High School for the past six years – the teams are focused on what takes place on the pitch after all the celebrating is finished. AC teams opened the regular season at Eastern Oklahoma State College last week. The Roadrunners pulled out a 2-1 win behind a pair of goals from Aldair Chavez, and the Lady ‘Runners battled to a 1-1 draw despite two overtime periods. Lilian Clase scored the lone goal for AC’s ladies, and keeper Alexandria Nunez notched six saves in the net.

Head coach Nataki Stewart has said from the very beginning of this season that since the bar raised with such strong showings last season, it simply means the bar stands even higher now.

“We felt last year we had the teams to compete for national titles,” Stewart said. “And with so many strong players returning, and with the mix of new talent we’ve added, we feel anything less than a national championship run will be disappointing.”

“I know this group of players has a lot to offer, and we’re very excited to get going. We just want to play.”


The email address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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