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Airiiudes oi oprimism prevailed among 'lhe coaches This fall, and ap-
parenlly 'rhe ieam caughl' 'rhe spiri'r: 'For by +he end of ihe season They
had acquired a favorable 6-4 record. Piciured above are Offensive Back-
field Coach Jerry Mullins, Line Coach James Lyda, Defensive Backfield
Coach Jimmy Hirfh, and Head Coach Les Wheeler.
Coach Les Wheeler was nor any novice when he came
io ACC in i956 as line coach. He had had experience boih
as a player and as a coach and his qualiiicarions were our-
sranding in borh aspecrs.
His foolball career s'rar'red in high school when he
played fullback and end for Robslown before coming 'ro
ACC. While aiiending ACC he earned Three Wildcar fool'-
ball lerrers and All-Texas Conference 'raclcle honors in l95O
and l95I. As a senior, he was honored on 'rhe firslr Jream of
'rhe Associared Press Li'r'rle All-American Jream. Upon gradu-
aiion he became line coach and iraclc coach ar Lamar High
School. remaining 'rhere unril reiurning io ACC in l956.
In I959 he received a promorion To firsr assisranr buf
remained working wirh The line. Lasr December, Wheeler was
named io be Jrhe ninrh Head Coach of Wildcai' foorball
since ACC began infer-collegiaie compeiiiion in l9l9.
The Coach poinied our Thar his aim was io have a well-
spirired, aggressive loolrball squad composed of boys who
really desired 'I'o play fooiball. The 6-4 season was surely
evidence of his abiliry ro lead a Jream 'ro vicrories.
L. I-.,. L”