Our History

Our history is one we take pride in — it has made us who we are today. With over 200 stores in 16 states, and supported by over 22,000+ team members throughout the South, Southeast, and Midwest, our humble beginnings all started with a tire shop in San Antonio.

  • 1938 - The Company traces its roots to when founder Max Gochman opened the Academy Tire Shop in San Antonio, TX.
  • 1939 - Academy Tire Shop begins selling military surplus.
  • 1945 - Max changes store name to “Academy Super Surplus.” 
  • 1956 - Max moves his business to Austin, Texas and expands to four stores.
  • 1973 - Max’s son, Arthur Gochman, purchases Southern Surplus Sales in Houston and changes its name to “Academy Corp.” Arthur opens six Academy Super Surplus stores in Houston, TX.
  • 1978 - Corporate office moves to Houston, TX.
  • 1980 - Sports and outdoor items including fishing, camping, and sporting goods are introduced to the product assortment.
  • 1983 - Academy runs its first multi-page newspaper ad during the holiday season. Sales reach $25 million.
  • 1984 - Athletic brands Nike and Adidas are added to the product assortment.
  • 1985 - Sales reach $50 million.
  • 1988 - First “big box” stores of 35,000 - 40,000-sq. ft. open.
  • 1990 - With 28 stores, Academy relocates its corporate office and distribution center to Katy, TX.
  • 1991 - Academy exits military surplus business. Sales reach $100 million.
  • 1994 - Company expands beyond Texas for the first time to Oklahoma and Louisiana, and opens first 50,000-sq. ft. store.
  • 1995 - Company changes its name to “Academy Sports + Outdoors.” 
  • 1996 - David Gochman, Arthur’s son and Max’s grandson, becomes president and CEO. First Alabama location opens.
  • 1998 - First Florida location opens.
  • 1999 - First Tennessee and Mississippi locations open. Sales reach $500 million.
  • 2000 - 50th store location in Temple, TX opens.
  • 2003 - First Arkansas location opens.
  • 2004 - Sales reach $1 billion.
  • 2005 - First Missouri and Georgia locations open.
  • 2006 - Support team surpasses 12,000 team members across the Southeast.
  • 2007 - Rodney Faldyn is named President. Academy Sports + Outdoors opens its 100th store, including its first location in South Carolina. Salesreach $2 billion.
  • 2009 - Second distribution facility opens in Twiggs County, GA.
  • 2011 - Academy Sports + Outdoors is acquired by KKR, a leading global investment firm. Rodney Faldyn is named CEO and President. Academy.com launches as an eCommerce retail site. Sales reach $3 billion.
  • 2012 - First North Carolina and Kansas locations open.
  • 2014 - First Indiana and Kentucky locations open. Sales reach $4 billion.
  • 2015 - J.K. Symancyk is named as CEO & President. Academy Sports + Outdoors opens 200th store location in Tupelo, MS.
  • 2016 - Academy Sports + Outdoors opens first Illinois location.
  • TODAY - Academy Sports + Outdoors operates over 225 stores in 16 states with 25,000 + team members throughout the South, Southeast, and Midwest. Sales exceed $4.6 billion.