Several former Austin College alumni and coaches are making headlines this month, with former Kangaroo football, baseball, and golf coach Bob Stitt recently being named the new head coach for the University of Montana while four other former ‘Roos will be active on the sidelines at the high school and college levels over the next few weeks.
Stitt, who served as the offensive coordinator for the Kangaroos from 1994-1998, head baseball coach in 1995-1996, and head golf coach in 1997, was tabbed as the new head coach of the Grizzlies after having served as the head coach at Colorado School of Mines since 2000. Stitt was a standout running back at Doane College and received his master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and served as the offensive coordinator at Harvard between his stints at Austin College and Colorado School of Mines.
Also in action this week is former ‘Roo standout Bart Tatum, who played football for Austin College and earned All-Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors as a running back before graduating in 1991. Tatum now serves as the offensive line coach at Sam Houston State University, and on Friday his Bearkats will face off against North Dakota State University in the FCS Semifinals. The game will air on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m.
At the high school level, another former ‘Roo player will be on the sidelines with a championship on the line this weekend, as David Lockett, who played four years at Austin College before graduating in 2006, will be coaching the Temple Wildcats against Aledo in the Texas 5A Division I state championship game on Saturday. Lockett, who has served as an assistant at Temple for nine years, will be coaching his 13-1 Wildcats at noon on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Later this month, former ‘Roo and NAIA All-America wide receiver Larry Fedora will be coaching his North Carolina Tar Heels against Rutgers University in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. Fedora led the Tar Heels to a 6-6 record this year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and his teams have set more than 40 school offensive records since he was hired prior to the 2012 season. Fedora’s team will be taking the field against the Scarlet Knights on December 26.
On January 2, former ‘Roo assistant coach Bill Snyder, who also served as the head swimming and diving coach while working at Austin College, leads his Kansas State Wildcats against UCLA in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Snyder served as the offensive coordinator for the Kangaroos in 1974-1975, and has since been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times, as well as being named the AP National Coach of the Year in 1998 and the Woody Hayes Coach of the Year in 2011.
Austin College is proud of its former ‘Roos, and we wish them all luck in their upcoming games and endeavors. If you know of any other former Austin College coaches or student-athletes finding success, e-mail Jeff Kelly or David Norman with those updates.