Who the heck is UTSA?? University of Texas at San Antonio. The home of the Roadrunners, colors being navy blue and orange. It’s under the UT school system, and this year, only the third year of existence for their stellar football program, they are moving from the WAC to Conference USA.
Lynn Hickey is the name you need to remember. If it weren’t for her, there would be no football at UTSA. She has been the Athletic Director since 2000, and has grown the sports program tremendously. She knew that UTSA, with a student population over 30,000, and San Antonio, with over 1.3 million people, was capable and ready for college football. Mrs. Hickey bravely went to the Board at UT, requested permission to start a football program, and in 2011, after much hard work, finding a head coach (not just any coach mind you, but famed former head coach for University of Miami Hurricanes, Larry Coker; one with an outstanding record, history, talent, knowledge, and the willingness to launch a football team from the ground up), the UTSA Roadrunners made their inaugural debut in front of more than 53,000 fans. SO impressive!! Her background is in college basketball, previously with head coaching positions at Kansas State and Texas A&M Universities, as well as Women’s Athletic Director positions.
Everyone that knows Lynn Hickey, knows her vision is to keep growing and advancing UTSA’s athletic programs, and knows she’s not afraid of a challenge. UTSA is definitely very lucky to have her. She is definitely a power to be reckoned with, and a wonderful role model for all women. The first time I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Hickey was at an event called “First and Rowdy”, where she and Coach Coker, football players, and other assistant coaches were on stage to premier their helmets, jerseys, vision, and hopeful expectations for the 2011 season. (That’s also where my husband put in our order for 4 first row season tickets…) I’ve also greeted her at almost every home UTSA game, as she is walking through the tailgate areas talking to everyone, as I am drinking my first beer and getting the grill going.
UTSA has so many exciting things in the works. A permanent, on campus home for their football practices has been completed, and they are finalizing plans for a home stadium. Until then, we’ll be rowdy in the Alamodome, and anticipating the next great thing.
Did I mention our home opener this year is against Oklahoma State University?!?? Wow. You can be sure I’ll be there with my horn, cheering on the Roadrunners!!
Meep Meep! Go ‘Runners!!
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