Howard Acher '13
Few men in the proud athletic history of Grove City College have made as profound of an impact upon the College in one decade as the one made by Howard Acher during the 1910s.
Acher excelled in football, basketball and tennis as a student during the first half of the decade before returning to the College as athletic director and head football, basketball and tennis coach.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 10, 1889, Acher arrived at Grove City in the fall of 1909. He played quarterback and fullback for the football team from 1909 to 1912 and helped the Crimson accumulate a 27-5-3 overall record.
Acher captained and quarterbacked the 1911 team which went 8-0-1 under head coach Herbert Harmon. Grove City recorded nine consecutive shutouts during that span. Acher also excelled as a forward for the Grove City basketball team during his career. He helped lead Grove City to a 12-0 record and the Western Pennsylvania championship during the 1911-12 season.
Following two years of employment at DuBois High School, Acher returned to the College in 1915. He spent four years as basketball coach and directed Grove City to a 13-7 record in 1919-20. The College promoted Acher to head football coach in 1916 and he compiled an 8-4-3 record in two seasons. The 1919 squad went 6-0-1 and allowed just six points. As tennis coach, Acher guided Grove City to a 4-0-1 mark in 1920.
World War I interrupted Acher's coaching career during the 1917-18 academic year. He served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army before returning to Grove City in 1919.
Acher left Grove City in 1920 and resumed his coaching career at the University of Tulsa in 1922. He coached both football and basketball at Tulsa for three seasons and is credited with giving the athletic program its current nickname, the Golden Hurricanes.
Acher married Ruth Byerly Spearman in 1922. He passed away on May 10, 1957 in Albuquerque.