June 1, 2004
WACO, Texas -
Walter Abercrombie, one of Baylor University's all-time football greats, has been selected as the first full-time executive director of the "B" Association, the school's 700-member organization of former letterwinners, Director of Athletics Ian McCaw announced today.
"Walter Abercrombie is one of Baylor's most outstanding and widely respected student-athletes," McCaw said. "We are thrilled that he has decided to return to Baylor and serve in this capacity.
"Under Walter's leadership, we look forward to strengthening our relationships with letterwinners and grow the active membership base and level of involvement of our former student-athletes."
In addition to reconnecting with Baylor's 4,000 letterwinners, Abercrombie will serve as the athletic department's liaison and spokesperson with community, church and Christian organizations, assist in furthering relationships with Baylor alumni and special projects.
"I am excited about the opportunity to join the Baylor Athletic Department staff and have the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with current and former Baylor letterwinners," Abercrombie said. "Baylor has a long and rich tradition of academic and athletic excellence, and I am looking forward to once again being a part of that.
"Since I was a small boy growing up in Waco, I have admired Baylor's competitive drive and spirit," he added. "As executive director of the B Association, my goal is to bring together all letterwinners so that we can assist Baylor athletics and its current and future athletes in continuing that tradition of excellence. I am fortunate to begin with a solid foundation built by Dutch Schroeder, Bunk Bradley, Lee Herrington, Reba Cooper, and others who have given much of their lives in support of BU letterwinners."
A standout running back for Baylor legendary coach Grant Teaff from 1978 through 1981, Abercrombie rejoins the Baylor family from the American Football Coaches Association, where he has served as Teaff's Director of Education and Special Projects since joining the organization in 1995. In his AFCA position, Abercrombie has served as the liaison to AFCA members in divisions other than NCAA I-A, while also coordinating the selection of Hula Bowl participants and leading the professional development series at the annual AFCA convention.
"It is a home run for Baylor to be able to bring in one of its own with the vast national exposure and experience that Walter has had for the last nine years," Teaff said. "He's walked among the movers and shakers in college athletics, especially in the world of college football, and he will be a tremendous asset to the athletic department. The AFCA's deep loss is Baylor's great gain."
Before joining the AFCA staff, Abercrombie worked as an assistant director in Baylor's Office of Student Retention and Athletic-Academic Support Programs from 1992 until joining the AFCA staff in June of 1995.
The Bears' all-time leading rusher with 3,665 yards during his standout career from 1978-81, Abercrombie came to Baylor from Waco's University High School, and helped the Bears to a 26-15 record on the field. He rushed for 207 yards in his first collegiate game, a 24-6 Baylor victory at No. 12 Texas A&M, an NCAA record for rushing yards in a first contest, and a Baylor legend was born. Abercrombie's 1978 performance against the Aggies marked the start of Baylor's only four-game win streak ever over its longtime rivals from College Station. He went on to earn 1978 Southwest Conference freshman of the year honors, despite playing in just six games, and was a consensus All-SWC performer in each of his final three seasons.
Abercrombie led Teaff's Bears to the 1979 Peach Bowl, the 1980 Southwest Conference title and an appearance in the 1981 Cotton Bowl. He garnered 1980 Southwest Conference player of the year honors as a junior.
A member of the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame, Abercrombie was a first-round draft pick (12th selection overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1982. He played for the Steelers from 1982 through 1987, before spending his final professional seasons (1988-89) with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Walter and his wife, Kim, have three children, Wesley, Warren and Ryann. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Baylor in 1984 and 1992, respectively.