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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. 

Success!
Turn the Map Orange Challenge
Roadrunners stepped up and turned the map orange! $5,000 has been unlocked for the Roadrunner Pantry!
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UTSA Giving Day Challenge: Dollars
Thanks to John Richardson and Jan Puckett, an additional $5,000 will be awarded to the UTSA Giving Day project that raises the most money during UTSA Giving Day. 2nd place will be awarded an additional $2,500. 3rd place will be awarded an additional $1,000.
Rank Prize Department Raised
1 $5,000 UTSA Athletics $57,371.10
2 $2,500 Klesse College of Engineering & Integrated Design $43,101.22
3 $1,000 College of Sciences $29,565.00
4 Carlos Alvarez College of Business $26,632.91
5 College for Health, Community and Policy $15,388.00
6 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need $13,300.00
7 School of Data Science $12,826.00
8 College of Liberal & Fine Arts $12,630.69
9 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures $11,776.00
10 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band $10,642.00
11 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room $7,761.90
12 Alumni Association Regional Chapter Scholarships $6,990.00
13 Southwest School of Art Programs $6,542.00
14 Houston Roadrunner Alumni Scholarship Endowment $5,011.00
15 College of Education & Human Development $4,997.07
16 Honors College $4,530.00
17 Fostering Educational Success Center $3,200.00
18 Dreamers Resource Center $3,050.00
19 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment $3,015.00
20 First Generation & Transfer Student Support $2,585.00
21 Student Emergency Fund $2,427.50
22 Well-Being Initiatives (Mental & Physical Health) $2,386.22
23 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship $2,165.00
24 Alumni Association Council Scholarships $1,830.00
25 UTSA Cheer $1,550.00
26 Air Force ROTC $1,370.00
27 UTSA Men's & Women's Rugby $1,331.00
28 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund $1,300.00
29 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice $1,296.00
30 GLBTQ Endowed Scholarship $1,250.00
31 Black Student Initiatives $1,222.70
32 Family Fund $1,201.00
33 Center for Collegiate Recovery $1,160.00
34 Army ROTC $1,100.00
35 Citymester Alumni Association Scholars $1,085.00
36 Career Engaged Learning $1,052.00
37 La Raza $1,010.00
38 Westside Scholarship Fund $995.00
39 Student Veterans Emergency Fund $845.00
40 Birds Up Podcast $425.00
41 Service Opportunities and Alternative Breaks $401.00
42 Student Tech Fund $330.00
43 University College $235.00
44 Staff Emergency Fund $215.00
45 The Graduate School $176.00
46 Club Sports $80.00
47 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship $50.00
48 Involvement Ambassadors $0.00
49 Roadrunner Productions $0.00
50 Student Government Association $0.00
51 Student Organizations Fund $0.00
52 Student Professional Development $0.00
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Power Hour: Late Night 'Runners
The project with the most donors between 11 p.m. CDT on April 19 and 1 a.m. CDT on April 20 wins an additional $1,000 for their cause thanks to Genevieve '05, '12 and Nicholas Tobias!
Rank Prize Project Donors
1 $1,000 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band 52
2 Fostering Educational Success Center 12
3 Southwest School of Art Programs 5
4 Klesse College of Engineering & Integrated Design 2
5 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need 2
6 Family Fund 2
7 College for Health, Community and Policy 1
8 Honors College 1
9 First Generation & Transfer Student Support 1
10 Friends of Music 1
11 Mariachi Los Paisanos 1
12 College of Liberal and Fine Arts 1
13 College of Sciences 1
14 UTSA Athletics 1
15 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room 1
16 Well-Being Initiatives (Mental & Physical Health) 1
17 John F. Reynolds History Student Award 0
18 UTSA Men's & Women's Rugby 0
19 Carlos Alvarez College of Business 0
20 College of Education & Human Development 0
21 School of Data Science 0
22 The Graduate School 0
23 University College 0
24 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures 0
25 Alumni Association Regional Chapter Scholarships 0
26 Alumni Association Council Scholarships 0
27 Air Force ROTC 0
28 Army ROTC 0
29 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship 0
30 Birds Up Podcast 0
31 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 0
32 Black Student Initiatives 0
33 Career Engaged Learning 0
34 Citymester Alumni Association Scholars 0
35 Club Sports 0
36 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment 0
37 Center for Collegiate Recovery 0
38 Dreamers Resource Center 0
39 GLBTQ Endowed Scholarship 0
40 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship 0
41 Houston Roadrunner Alumni Scholarship Endowment 0
42 Involvement Ambassadors 0
43 La Raza 0
44 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice 0
45 Roadrunner Productions 0
46 Staff Emergency Fund 0
47 Student Emergency Fund 0
48 Student Government Association 0
49 Student Organizations Fund 0
50 Student Professional Development 0
51 Student Tech Fund 0
52 Student Veterans Emergency Fund 0
53 UTSA Cheer 0
54 Service Opportunities and Alternative Breaks 0
55 Westside Scholarship Fund 0
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Power Hour: Finish Strong, 'Runners
Last chance to hit those goals! The project with the most donors between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. CDT on April 20 wins an additional $1,000 for their cause.
Rank Prize Project Donors
1 $1,000 UTSA Athletics 102
2 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band 77
3 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures 23
4 College for Health, Community and Policy 21
5 Klesse College of Engineering & Integrated Design 19
6 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need 15
7 Carlos Alvarez College of Business 14
8 Friends of Music 10
9 Mariachi Los Paisanos 9
10 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room 8
11 Well-Being Initiatives (Mental & Physical Health) 8
12 Houston Roadrunner Alumni Scholarship Endowment 7
13 Career Engaged Learning 7
14 College of Liberal and Fine Arts 7
15 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice 6
16 Southwest School of Art Programs 6
17 First Generation & Transfer Student Support 5
18 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 5
19 College of Sciences 5
20 Birds Up Podcast 5
21 College of Education & Human Development 4
22 Westside Scholarship Fund 4
23 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment 4
24 Dreamers Resource Center 4
25 Service Opportunities and Alternative Breaks 4
26 John F. Reynolds History Student Award 3
27 UTSA Cheer 3
28 Student Emergency Fund 3
29 UTSA Men's & Women's Rugby 3
30 Fostering Educational Success Center 3
31 Alumni Association Regional Chapter Scholarships 3
32 Black Student Initiatives 3
33 Center for Collegiate Recovery 3
34 Family Fund 3
35 Air Force ROTC 2
36 GLBTQ Endowed Scholarship 2
37 Student Veterans Emergency Fund 2
38 Staff Emergency Fund 2
39 Club Sports 2
40 Honors College 2
41 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship 1
42 Army ROTC 1
43 La Raza 1
44 School of Data Science 1
45 Alumni Association Council Scholarships 1
46 The Graduate School 1
47 University College 0
48 Citymester Alumni Association Scholars 0
49 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship 0
50 Involvement Ambassadors 0
51 Roadrunner Productions 0
52 Student Government Association 0
53 Student Organizations Fund 0
54 Student Professional Development 0
55 Student Tech Fund 0
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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. 2nd place will be awarded an additional $2,500. 3rd place will be awarded an additional $1,000.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $5,000 UTSA Athletics 335
2 $2,500 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band 320
3 $1,000 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures 273
4 College of Liberal & Fine Arts 188
5 Carlos Alvarez College of Business 174
6 Klesse College of Engineering & Integrated Design 163
7 College for Health, Community and Policy 140
8 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need 123
9 Southwest School of Art Programs 112
10 College of Sciences 92
11 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room 86
12 Well-Being Initiatives (Mental & Physical Health) 61
13 College of Education & Human Development 53
14 Fostering Educational Success Center 46
15 Family Fund 40
16 Honors College 39
17 Dreamers Resource Center 36
18 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship 36
19 Black Student Initiatives 33
20 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice 25
21 School of Data Science 24
22 First Generation & Transfer Student Support 24
23 Student Emergency Fund 22
24 UTSA Men's & Women's Rugby 22
25 GLBTQ Endowed Scholarship 21
26 Houston Roadrunner Alumni Scholarship Endowment 20
27 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 19
28 Center for Collegiate Recovery 19
29 Alumni Association Regional Chapter Scholarships 18
30 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment 18
31 UTSA Cheer 18
32 Career Engaged Learning 18
33 Westside Scholarship Fund 18
34 Birds Up Podcast 14
35 Service Opportunities and Alternative Breaks 14
36 Air Force ROTC 13
37 La Raza 12
38 Student Veterans Emergency Fund 12
39 Alumni Association Council Scholarships 10
40 Army ROTC 8
41 University College 5
42 Staff Emergency Fund 5
43 Citymester Alumni Association Scholars 4
44 The Graduate School 4
45 Student Tech Fund 3
46 Club Sports 3
47 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship 2
48 Involvement Ambassadors 0
49 Roadrunner Productions 0
50 Student Government Association 0
51 Student Organizations Fund 0
52 Student Professional Development 0
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Power Hour: UTSA Giving Day 2022 Kick-Off sponsored by Cavender Cares
The project with the most donors between 10:11 a.m. and 12 p.m. CDT on April 19 wins an additional $1,000 courtesy of Cavender Cares!
Rank Prize Project Donors
1 $1,000 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band 62
2 UTSA Athletics 47
3 Klesse College of Engineering & Integrated Design 40
4 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures 39
5 Carlos Alvarez College of Business 28
6 Southwest School of Art Programs 27
7 College for Health, Community and Policy 23
8 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need 19
9 College of Liberal and Fine Arts 15
10 College of Sciences 13
11 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room 13
12 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship 12
13 Friends of Music 11
14 Honors College 10
15 College of Education & Human Development 8
16 Black Student Initiatives 8
17 Well-Being Initiatives (Mental & Physical Health) 6
18 Mariachi Los Paisanos 6
19 Fostering Educational Success Center 5
20 School of Data Science 4
21 Dreamers Resource Center 4
22 Career Engaged Learning 4
23 Center for Collegiate Recovery 4
24 UTSA Cheer 4
25 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment 3
26 First Generation & Transfer Student Support 3
27 GLBTQ Endowed Scholarship 3
28 Family Fund 3
29 Air Force ROTC 3
30 Westside Scholarship Fund 3
31 John F. Reynolds History Student Award 2
32 Birds Up Podcast 2
33 La Raza 2
34 Student Emergency Fund 2
35 UTSA Men's & Women's Rugby 2
36 Student Veterans Emergency Fund 2
37 Army ROTC 1
38 Student Tech Fund 1
39 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 1
40 The Graduate School 1
41 Alumni Association Council Scholarships 1
42 Houston Roadrunner Alumni Scholarship Endowment 1
43 Club Sports 1
44 Staff Emergency Fund 1
45 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice 1
46 University College 0
47 Alumni Association Regional Chapter Scholarships 0
48 Citymester Alumni Association Scholars 0
49 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship 0
50 Involvement Ambassadors 0
51 Roadrunner Productions 0
52 Student Government Association 0
53 Student Organizations Fund 0
54 Student Professional Development 0
55 Service Opportunities and Alternative Breaks 0
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Power Hour: Early Birds
The early Roadrunner gets the worm! The project with the most donors between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. CDT on April 20 wins an additional $1,000 for their cause thanks to Karl Miller-Lugo!
Rank Prize Project Donors
1 $1,000 Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship 14
2 UTSA Athletics 7
3 Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band 7
4 Carlos Alvarez College of Business 5
5 Klesse College of Engineering & Integrated Design 4
6 UTSA Fund - Areas of Greatest Need 4
7 School of Data Science 2
8 College for Health, Community and Policy 2
9 College of Liberal and Fine Arts 2
10 Army ROTC 2
11 College of Sciences 2
12 UTSA Libraries & Institute of Texan Cultures 2
13 Family Fund 2
14 Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice 2
15 John F. Reynolds History Student Award 1
16 Air Force ROTC 1
17 Alumni Association Council Scholarships 1
18 Student Emergency Fund 1
19 Southwest School of Art Programs 1
20 Black Roadrunner Alumni Council Scholarship Fund 1
21 Fostering Educational Success Center 1
22 Friends of Music 1
23 UTSA Men's & Women's Rugby 1
24 GLBTQ Endowed Scholarship 1
25 Well-Being Initiatives (Mental & Physical Health) 1
26 College of Education & Human Development 0
27 Honors College 0
28 The Graduate School 0
29 University College 0
30 Alumni Association Regional Chapter Scholarships 0
31 Birds Up Podcast 0
32 Black Student Initiatives 0
33 Career Engaged Learning 0
34 Citymester Alumni Association Scholars 0
35 Club Sports 0
36 Larry Coker 1st UTSA Football Head Coach Endowment 0
37 Center for Collegiate Recovery 0
38 Dreamers Resource Center 0
39 First Generation & Transfer Student Support 0
40 Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship 0
41 Houston Roadrunner Alumni Scholarship Endowment 0
42 Involvement Ambassadors 0
43 La Raza 0
44 Mariachi Los Paisanos 0
45 Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room 0
46 Roadrunner Productions 0
47 Staff Emergency Fund 0
48 Student Government Association 0
49 Student Organizations Fund 0
50 Student Professional Development 0
51 Student Tech Fund 0
52 Student Veterans Emergency Fund 0
53 UTSA Cheer 0
54 Service Opportunities and Alternative Breaks 0
55 Westside Scholarship Fund 0
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