ACS Athletics and Front Rush Agree to Merger

Press Release ( - AUSTIN, TX - Oct 18, 2016 - ACS Athletics, the leader in college athletic administration and compliance software, and Front Rush, the leader in recruiting software for college coaches, announced today a merger that will make their joint entity the largest provider of technology for recruiting, compliance, roster management and sports operations.

The merger joins two leading software companies to create an enterprise that is highly competitive across all classifications of college sports in North America.  The resulting company will provide the robust features and deep integration with campus information systems that athletic administrators need, combined with the most highly reviewed coach experience of any vendor in the market.  The new company will have a larger customer roster than all other vendors in the space combined, with nearly 10,000 teams at more than 1,200 colleges and universities across all levels of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Junior College Athletic Association. 

Brad Downs, Chief Executive Officer of Front Rush and Phillip Engle, Chief Executive Officer for ACS Athletics will jointly oversee the integration of the two companies’ product and service offerings. The new company has plans for a united experience for all users that draws on the more than 27 years of combined experience in software for college athletics.  ACS customers will have greater access to recruit data and evaluation tools for coaches through Coach Packet and Front Rush customers will be able to add compliance monitoring powered by ACS in time for the Summer of 2017.  An expanded integration with campus information systems for compliance administrators through Front Rush’s FRPass product will also be available and Front Rush customers will be able to add ACSEquip to help with equipment and apparel ordering and inventory by the end of 2016.

“In the past 12 months I’ve evaluated all of the technology vendors in college athletics looking for a partner that could help us bring greater value to our customers and that shared our dedication and passion.  Front Rush is the undisputed leader in helping coaches find the best recruits with more than 7,200 teams as devoted fans,” said Engle.  “Combining that with the ACS focus on athletic administration and compliance makes a powerful solution to serve both our customers in the best way possible.”

“This is a natural fit and we complement one another perfectly,” said Downs.  “Both the Front Rush and ACS staff and products reflect our mutual desire to be the best at what we do.  Today marks the start of a new chapter for the Front Rush and ACS teams on our quest to be the best resource for coaches and athletic administrators in the college athletic software space.”

About Front Rush:

Front Rush’s focus is to provide college coaches with top notch recruiting and scouting software. With a focus on user experience and amazing customer support, Front Rush has grown to be the largest recruiting and scouting solution in college athletics. Over 7,200 teams, representing nearly 1,100 higher education institutions use Front Rush on a daily basis.  For more information on Front Rush, visit

About ACS Athletics:

ACS Athletics simplifies how athletics departments work allowing coaches and administrators to focus on winning and building successful programs. ACS is the leading provider of web and mobile solutions for increasing staff productivity and reducing risk in collegiate athletics. ACS gives customers a competitive advantage by providing an integrated, holistic approach to managing recruiting, compliance, operations, communications, and student-athlete information on one platform. ACS customers are more efficient, organized, and compliant, and are better positioned to communicate and develop relationships that are vital to their success. Founded in 1999, ACS Athletics is a privately held company headquartered in Austin, Texas.  For more information on ACS Athletics, visit

Media Contact:  
Phillip Engle
​​800-343-6220 Ext. 375​

Source : ACS Athletics


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