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Michael Bacon

Age: 33

Business: Cooper High School

Job title: Head Boys Basketball Coach/Teacher


Why are you working in this industry?

I fell in love with the idea of being a coach when I was a ball boy for the ACU basketball team as a kid. That idea has never left. I went through a lot in High School, and several coaches did a lot for me. From that point on, I wanted to do for other Abilene kids what those coaches did for me.

What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful? 

1. Communicate constantly. Do not ever let people wonder what you think.

2. It takes what it takes. If you are going to do something, do it as well as you can.

3. Work when no one else is. You can get a lot done when you are the only one in the building/office.


Who has influenced you the most in business? 

Brette Tanner- Head Basketball Coach- ACU


As a Graduate Assistant Coach, Tanner taught me how to be organized/detailed/intentional with anything and everything. To this day, if I am working on something, I ask myself, “Would I take this to Tanner and feel good about it?.” If the answer is yes, it’s going to be ok.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

2 Things:

1. “It is never as good as it seems. It is never as bad as it seems.”

2. “Don’t compare your journey status to anyone else’s. Run your race.”

What is an accomplishment that shaped your career?

Head Coach- ACHS Panthers- TAPPS 2A State Champions- 2012


Getting to coach this group (ACHS) gave me the coaching opportunity of a lifetime.

It also jump-started my career. I am forever indebted to our players on that team.


Where will we find you enjoying your hard-earned time off?? 

1. Spending time with my wife and daughter.

2. The golf course.

3. My man cave, watching a variety of sporting events. Football is actually my favorite sport to watch.

Community Involvement:

  • -        Beltway Park Church

  • -        Texas High School Coaches Association- Super Elite Team Committee Member

  • -        Texas Association of Basketball Coaches- Member

  • -        Fellowship of Christian Athletes- All-Star Basketball Coach- 2022

  • -        TAPPS- All-Star Basketball Coach- 2012

  • -        Key City Little League- Volunteer Coach- 2006-2012

  • -        Abilene Youth Basketball Association- Volunteer Coach- 2014-15


Wife: Sarah - Married since July 2, 2016

Daughter: Hailey Kate - Age 4

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