Victor Payne

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Victor Payne
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Payne pictured in Prickly Pear 1923, Abilene Christian yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1899-07-03)July 3, 18991
Texas, U.S.
Died October 26, 1981(1981-10-26) (aged 82)2
Abilene, Texas, U.S.
Playing career
? Hardin-Simmons
Abilene Christian
Coaching career (HC unless noted)


Abilene Christian
Texas Tech (assistant)

Texas Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 32–20 (Basketball)
18–4–3 (Football)

Victor D. "Vic" Payne, Jr. was a head college basketball and football coach. He was the head football coach at Abilene Christian College and Simmons University. Payne was also the basketball head coach at Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University).

Coaching career


Abilene Christian

Payne was the fourth head college football coach for the Abilene Christian University Wildcats located in Abilene, Texas, and he held that position for two seasons, from 1922 until 1923.456 During his time at Abilene Christian, Sam Cox of Ozona, Texas, sent him a young wildcat named Bob Thomas to serve as a live athletics mascot for the college.7

Payne's coaching record at Abilene Christian was 12 wins, 3 losses, and 0 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 14th at Abilene Christian in total wins and third at Abilene Christian in winning percentage (.800).8


Payne coached the Simmons Cowboys football team to 6–1–3 in 1926.9

Texas Tech

Payne served as an assistant coach during the 1927 and 1928 seasons under Texas Tech head coach Ewing Y. Freeland.10


Texas Tech

Payne coached the Texas Tech Matadors (now known as the Red Raiders) from 1927 to 1930.11 During the first season, the team won ten games and lost six. The following season, the record was slightly worse at 9–8. During his final season, the team improved to 13–6.12 Payne's overall record at Texas Tech stands at 32 wins and 20 losses.13

Later life

In 1949, he was working for the Abilene Savings and Loan Company.14


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  4. ^ College Football Reference Abilene Christian University Football Records
  5. ^ 2008 Wildcat Football (media guide) ACU Record Book
  6. ^ "Lone Star Conference Records" (PDF). Abilene Christian University. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  7. ^ Hadfield, Ron; Michelle Morris, Tom and Betsey Craig, and Garner Roberts. "Traditions!". ACU Today. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  8. ^ Abilene Christian University coaching records
  9. ^ "Coaching Records". Hardin-Simmons University. Retrieved 2008-09-17. dead link
  10. ^ "2010 Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Media Guide". Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University. p. 68. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  11. ^ "Athletic Collections in the Texas Tech University Archives". Southwest Collection. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  12. ^ "Men's Basketball: Year-by-Year Results". Texas Tech Athletics. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  13. ^ "Texas Tech-Knight". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. 2001-03-24. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  14. ^ [4]

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