UMHB receivers coach Steven Thrash joins Abilene Christian coaching staff

Above photo: Steven Thrash (center) with the offensive coaching staff following the 2021 Stagg Bowl win. Photo by CJ Halloran/True To The Cru

BELTON, Texas- UMHB wide receivers coach Steven Thrash is headed to Abilene to join the Abilene Christian coaching staff, ACU announced Sunday afternoon. 

Thrash will become the Wildcats’ wide receivers coach, and serve under former UMHB offensive coordinator Stephen Lee, whose decision to take the OC position at ACU was announced by UMHB head coach Larry Harmon on Friday. 

“I am very thankful for Coach Patterson giving me an opportunity to be a part of his staff at Abilene Christian. I am so impressed with the staff he has put together, and I cannot wait to meet the team and get to work,” Thrash said in a press release from the ACU Athletics Department. “My family and I are very excited to be returning to Abilene and to be a part of this great community.” 

Thrash previously coached at ACU, spending three years as the team’s passing game coordinator following a year as the tight ends coach in 2013. Throughout his extensive college coaching career, he has made stops at Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College. He joined the UMHB coaching staff in July of 2017, where, over five seasons, he helped both Bryce Wilkerson and Aaron Sims receive All-American honors in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Wide receiver TJ Josey was also named the 2018 Stagg Bowl Most Outstanding Player, and under Thrash’s guidance, KJ Miller broke the school record for single-game receptions (12) and Brandon Jordan set a new UMHB season record for receiving touchdowns (17) this past season. 

“Steven brings a wealth of knowledge to the wide receiver position, and he does a great job recruiting and developing young men,” ACU head coach Keith Patterson said in the press release. “He will be an instrumental part of our staff, and we are excited to welcome Steven back to ACU.”

Riley Zayas is the managing editor of True To The Cru. He can be emailed at rileyzayas@truetothecru.com .

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