Dick Acres

Dick Acres (1934-2012)

Teams coached: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts record: 47-34 (.580)
Overall record: 47-34 (.580)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1982-1985 Oral Roberts
1982 Oral Roberts (asst)

Dick Acres Facts

  • Richard K. Acres
  • Born May 17, 1934
  • Died June 14, 2012
  • Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
  • Alma Mater: University of California, Santa Barbara (BA, 1956) / California State University, Los Angeles (MA)
  • Played at UCSB for head coach Willie Wilton then briefly in a semi-pro league for the Kirby Shoes
  • Started out as a teacher, initially at Mark Twain High School in San Diego, CA
  • Moved onto Carson HS (CA) where he became the head boys’ basketball coach in 1970
    • He led the team for 12 years, winning a 4A state title in his final year there (1981-82)
  • Left for a job on Ken Hayes‘ staff at Oral Roberts in 1982; his two sons, Mark and Jeff, were players at ORU
    • Hayes was fired eight games into the season and Acres was elevated to interim head coach
      • Mark Acres was MCC Co-POY in 1983 and went on to play for many years in the NBA
    • Stayed on for two more full seasons, going 47-34 overall as the Eagles’ head coach
    • Won the MCC title and MCC Tournament in 1984 to reach the NCAA Tournament; Acres was named MCC Co-COY
    • Resigned in 1985 after a 15-15 season; leaving coaching and moving into other fields
  • Worked as a referee for high school basketball, football and baseball, and also worked in the financial services industry
  • Passed away in June 2012 at age 78; survived by his wife, Sandi, their three sons and six grandchildren

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