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Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment

Larry Coker, the first head football coach of the UTSA Roadrunners, is considered by many to be the Father of UTSA Football. Hired in 2009, Coach Coker built our program from scratch, starting with only a helmet and a football, purchased at a local store.  UTSA offered limited staffing and had no football facilities of their own. But Coach saw the potential of our location in one of the nation's largest cities and in the middle of some of the best—yet often under-recruited—high school football talent in the country, and he made the call that led to his hiring.

In just two years, he formed a team that was ready to compete. In 2011, the Roadrunners played and won their first game, and that season attracted NCAA-record crowds for a start-up program. In 2012, UTSA finished 8-4, which under other circumstances would have made them eligible for a bowl in just their second year of play.

Coach Coker is a graduate of Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, where he walked-on to the football team. He spent more than 37 years working his way from coach of a small Oklahoma high school to the helm of an elite college program at the University of Miami. He led the Hurricanes to a 12-0 record and the national championship in 2001. He has coached some of the greatest players in football, including Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, and Edgerrin James.

He left UTSA in 2016 after five seasons with a legacy of starting a Division I Football program that has made it possible for hundreds of young men—including several who went on to the NFL—to get college educations while playing a sport they love. People around the country now know of UTSA and San Antonio because of the exposure our football team has provided.

The Game Plan

To honor his storied career and the thousands of lives coached, the Larry Coker First Head Football Coach Endowed Award has been established with the UTSA Alumni Association. Preference for this honor will be given to a football student-athlete who began his career as a walk-on. Awards will be at the recommendation of the Head Football Coach and in consideration of the NCAA rules and regulations.

By endowing the gift, Coach Coker’s name will forever be linked to the current team as his endowment is awarded.  The Larry Coker First Head Football Coach Endowed Award has been established thanks to the generosity of a donor and additional gifts are vital to build a foundation and increase the impact.  The longer-term goal is to grow the endowment to more than $500,000, so that it will fully fund at least one football student-athlete each year, in perpetuity

How You Can Score a Generosity Touchdown

Your support will honor Coach Larry Coker and ensure his legacy continues to reach each new generation of Roadrunners, by helping deserving student-athletes with a strong work ethic pursue dreams of achieving a college education.  Your gift is fully tax-deductible, as allowed by law. 

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Power Hour: UTSA Giving Day Kick-Off Match
Thanks to Genevieve Tobias '05, '12, all donations from 10:11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CDT on April 6 will be matched up to $1,000.
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Power Hour: Early Birds
The early Roadrunner gets the worm! All donations from 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. CDT on April 7 will be matched up to $1,000.
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Social Media: Early "Bird" Challenge
@maryshxw takes the Early "Bird" Challenge! An additional $125 will be designated to SOSA and $125 will be designated to the UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund in her honor.
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Social Media: UTSA UNselfie Challenge
@skye_bliss wins the UNselfie Challenge! An additional $250 will be designated to the UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need.
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Social Media: Walk Down Memory Lane Challenge
@tor_bee_jay wins the Walk Down Memory Lane Challenge! An additional $250 will be designated to Black Student Initiatives.
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Social Media: We Are Roadrunners Spirit Award
Thanks to Cece Griffing, @ash_nichole12 and her husband have awarded $250 to Wellbeing and Mental Health Initiatives and @eileen_ramirez_ has awarded $250 to Rowdy Corps Community Scholars.
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Last Gift Challenge
Thanks to Jana Kennelly, Jennifer Beavers, the final donor of UTSA Giving Day has unlocked an additional $250 for the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band!
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Scavenger Hunt: Magnet Challenge
36 UTSA Giving Day magnets have been hidden around Main Campus, each with a dollar amount. Find the magnets, take a selfie and send it to @UTSARSAA OR bring it to the Harris Room, and the dollar amount on your magnet will be donated to the project of your choice!
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Power Hour: Late Night 'Runners
The project with the most donors between 11 p.m. CDT on April 6 - 1 a.m. CDT on April 7 wins an additional $1,000 for their cause.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band 39
2 $500 College of Liberal & Fine Arts 8
3 $250 College of Sciences 6
4 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need 5
5 UTSA Athletics 4
6 Carlos Alvarez College of Business 3
7 Friends of Music 3
8 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures 3
9 College of Education & Human Development 2
10 College of Engineering 2
11 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship 1
12 First Generation & Transfer Student Support 1
13 Westside Scholarship Fund 1
14 College for Health, Community and Policy 1
15 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 1
16 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment 1
17 Dreamers Resource Center 1
18 Fostering Educational Success Center 1
19 Summer Law School Preparation Academy 1
20 Veteran Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 1
21 Student Organizations Fund 1
22 College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 0
23 University College 0
24 Honors College 0
25 The Graduate School 0
26 UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund 0
27 Air Force ROTC Gary Grimes Endowed Scholarship 0
28 Austin Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
29 Black Student Initiatives 0
30 California Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
31 Club Sports 0
32 Center for Collegiate Recovery 0
33 Dallas Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
34 Family Fund 0
35 Florida Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
36 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship 0
37 Houston Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
38 Involvement Ambassadors 0
39 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice 0
40 Rio Grande Valley Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
41 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room 0
42 Roadrunner Productions 0
43 Rowdy Corps Community Scholars 0
44 Small Business Development Center 0
45 Social Work Alumni Group Scholarship Fund 0
46 Staff Emergency Fund 0
47 Student Emergency Fund 0
48 Student Government Association 0
49 Student Professional Development 0
50 Student Tech Fund 0
51 Student Veterans Emergency Fund 0
52 VOICES 0
53 Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
54 Wellbeing & Mental Health Initiatives 0
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Power Hour: Finish Strong, 'Runners
Thanks to Carlos and Malú Alvarez, the project with the most donors between 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. CDT on April 7 wins an additional $1,000 for their cause.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band 66
2 $500 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures 47
3 $250 Carlos Alvarez College of Business 24
4 UTSA Athletics 21
5 College of Engineering 18
6 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need 17
7 College of Liberal & Fine Arts 17
8 College of Sciences 13
9 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 13
10 Black Student Initiatives 9
11 UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund 7
12 Houston Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 6
13 Friends of Music 6
14 Student Emergency Fund 6
15 College of Education & Human Development 5
16 College for Health, Community and Policy 5
17 Air Force ROTC Gary Grimes Endowed Scholarship 5
18 Dreamers Resource Center 4
19 First Generation & Transfer Student Support 4
20 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship 3
21 The Graduate School 3
22 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room 3
23 Honors College 3
24 College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2
25 Austin Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 2
26 Fostering Educational Success Center 2
27 Staff Emergency Fund 2
28 Center for Collegiate Recovery 2
29 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice 2
30 Rowdy Corps Community Scholars 2
31 Student Organizations Fund 1
32 Dallas Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 1
33 Roadrunner Productions 1
34 Wellbeing & Mental Health Initiatives 1
35 Social Work Alumni Group Scholarship Fund 1
36 California Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 1
37 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship 1
38 Student Professional Development 1
39 Small Business Development Center 1
40 Family Fund 1
41 Veteran Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 1
42 University College 0
43 Club Sports 0
44 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment 0
45 Florida Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
46 Involvement Ambassadors 0
47 Rio Grande Valley Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
48 Student Government Association 0
49 Student Tech Fund 0
50 Student Veterans Emergency Fund 0
51 Summer Law School Preparation Academy 0
52 VOICES 0
53 Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 0
54 Westside Scholarship Fund 0
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UTSA Giving Day Challenge: Dollars
Thanks to Norman Jacobson, an additional $5,000 will be awarded to the UTSA Giving Day project that raises the most money during UTSA Giving Day. An additional $2,500 will be awarded to the runner-up.
Rank Prize Department Raised
1 $5,000 Carlos Alvarez College of Business $28,823.00
2 $2,500 UTSA Athletics $27,136.00
3 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures $17,191.50
4 College of Sciences $16,751.00
5 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need $16,604.00
6 College of Engineering $15,474.00
7 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band $12,955.50
8 UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund $10,345.00
9 College of Architecture, Construction and Planning $7,975.00
10 College of Liberal & Fine Arts $6,228.10
11 College for Health, Community and Policy $5,965.00
12 Houston Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund $5,011.00
13 Student Emergency Fund $4,981.00
14 Friends of Music $4,600.00
15 Black Student Initiatives $3,669.00
16 Westside Scholarship Fund $3,325.00
17 College of Education & Human Development $3,225.00
18 Fostering Educational Success Center $2,846.00
19 Honors College $2,565.63
20 Dreamers Resource Center $2,546.00
21 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room $2,176.00
22 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship $2,091.00
23 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment $1,960.00
24 First Generation & Transfer Student Support $1,860.00
25 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund $1,445.00
26 VOICES $1,296.00
27 The Graduate School $1,200.69
28 Staff Emergency Fund $1,146.00
29 Air Force ROTC Gary Grimes Endowed Scholarship $700.00
30 Wellbeing & Mental Health Initiatives $635.00
31 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice $616.00
32 Florida Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund $600.00
33 Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund $600.00
34 Center for Collegiate Recovery $465.00
35 Rowdy Corps Community Scholars $465.00
36 Student Government Association $461.00
37 Small Business Development Center $426.00
38 Dallas Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund $401.00
39 University College $400.00
40 Student Tech Fund $400.00
41 Veteran Alumni Council Scholarship Fund $360.00
42 Austin Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund $315.00
43 Social Work Alumni Group Scholarship Fund $305.00
44 Student Veterans Emergency Fund $300.00
45 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship $285.00
46 Rio Grande Valley Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund $275.00
47 Summer Law School Preparation Academy $200.00
48 Student Professional Development $170.00
49 Student Organizations Fund $170.00
50 Family Fund $110.00
51 Involvement Ambassadors $100.00
52 Club Sports $60.00
53 Roadrunner Productions $50.00
54 California Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund $25.00
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UTSA Giving Day Challenge: Donors
Thanks to April Ancira '03, an additional $5,000 will be awarded to the UTSA Giving Day project that acquires the highest number of unique donors during UTSA Giving Day. An additional $2,500 will be awarded to the runner-up.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $5,000 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band 251
2 $2,500 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures 203
3 Carlos Alvarez College of Business 196
4 UTSA Athletics 145
5 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need 141
6 College of Engineering 101
7 College of Liberal & Fine Arts 89
8 Black Student Initiatives 84
9 Student Emergency Fund 77
10 College of Sciences 74
11 Friends of Music 67
12 UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund 66
13 College for Health, Community and Policy 60
14 Dreamers Resource Center 55
15 College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 47
16 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room 46
17 College of Education & Human Development 45
18 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 36
19 Fostering Educational Success Center 35
20 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship 31
21 Staff Emergency Fund 30
22 Houston Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 25
23 Westside Scholarship Fund 23
24 Honors College 23
25 First Generation & Transfer Student Support 21
26 The Graduate School 20
27 Wellbeing & Mental Health Initiatives 13
28 Air Force ROTC Gary Grimes Endowed Scholarship 12
29 Center for Collegiate Recovery 12
30 Rowdy Corps Community Scholars 12
31 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice 11
32 Small Business Development Center 10
33 Dallas Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 10
34 University College 10
35 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment 9
36 Student Government Association 9
37 Veteran Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 9
38 VOICES 8
39 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship 6
40 Austin Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 5
41 Social Work Alumni Group Scholarship Fund 5
42 Student Veterans Emergency Fund 5
43 Family Fund 5
44 Student Tech Fund 4
45 Summer Law School Preparation Academy 4
46 Student Professional Development 4
47 Involvement Ambassadors 4
48 Florida Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 3
49 Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 3
50 Student Organizations Fund 3
51 Rio Grande Valley Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 2
52 Club Sports 2
53 Roadrunner Productions 1
54 California Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund 1
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UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need College of Architecture, Construction and Planning Carlos Alvarez College of Business College of Education & Human Development College of Engineering College for Health, Community and Policy College of Liberal & Fine Arts College of Sciences University College Honors College The Graduate School UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund UTSA Athletics UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures Air Force ROTC Gary Grimes Endowed Scholarship Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship Austin Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund Black Student Initiatives California Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund Club Sports Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment Center for Collegiate Recovery Dallas Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund Dreamers Resource Center Family Fund First Generation & Transfer Student Support Florida Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund Fostering Educational Success Center Friends of Music Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship Houston Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund Involvement Ambassadors Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice Rio Grande Valley Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room Roadrunner Productions Rowdy Corps Community Scholars Small Business Development Center Social Work Alumni Group Scholarship Fund Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band Staff Emergency Fund Student Emergency Fund Student Government Association Student Organizations Fund Student Professional Development Student Tech Fund Student Veterans Emergency Fund Summer Law School Preparation Academy Veteran Alumni Council Scholarship Fund VOICES Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund Wellbeing & Mental Health Initiatives Westside Scholarship Fund