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For Bonneau, time was right to resign as ACU skipper

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It’s been an emotional 48 hours since ACU baseball skipper Britt Bonneau announced he's stepping down.

“It’s a big sigh of relief too because now it’s like – ok here’s a new chapter in our life so here we go.”

But the 22 year coaching vet is excited for what’s ahead.

After two-plus decades of managing the Wildcats through successful years in the Lone Star Conference, and then through its DI transition the last four years, Bonneau says he won’t' be far. Life after coaching has him planning on not just keeping up with ACU baseball as a fan, but Wildcat athletics as a fund-raiser and supporter.

“We just are looking forward to what's next, and if it’s to stay here in Abilene and support ACU and support whoever here in this town, that's what we're going to do and it's going to be fun doing it,” smiled Bonneau as he addressed the media for the first time on Monday.

But it’s also about his family, a group that's only known him mainly as coach over the last 22 years, but now has the chance to get to know more of him as dad.

“You know, on the field – that’s where my kids grew up. So it was emotional talking to them and my wife about where I thought life was best for us moving forward,” Bonneau recalled. “I’m excited to now spend my Friday night watching my daughter cheer at the Abilene High games and then watching my other two continue school here and supporting everything we believe in here.”

And after 756 wins, 5 Lone Star Conference titles, six coach of the year awards, and trip to the 2003 NCAA DII World Series, Bonneau says it just felt like it was time.

“Bottom line is, you come to a point where you're just tired and wore out,” he said. “I just felt like, whomever follows me is going to bring in a new energy that we used to have here before -- and so why not do that now?”

The coaching search has begun for his replacement.

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