Lynn Hickey: thank you for football!

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!!

Follow Lynn Hickey on Twitter at @LynnHickeyUTSA, Laurie @LaurieADyer, gridirongirl @gridirongirlorg

About Laurie (43 Articles)
A true southern girl at heart, Laurie was raised to love football. Her years at Mississippi State really developed her passion for everything gameday: Getting primped and polished in über-cute outfits, tailgating with new and old friends, fans clanging cowbells with great exuberance while the Bulldogs play great football inside Davis Wade Stadium. Laurie is a huge fan of Coach Mullen, his wife, Megan, and the team he has built. Could this team have a Heisman candidate??… After moving to Texas and marrying a fellow football fan who graduated from UTSA, she was thrilled when UTSA announced its plan to build a football program. The Athletic Director, Mrs. Lynn Hickey, has done a phenomenal job and has a large fan following, including Laurie. Laurie has been a season ticket holder since the first season, and has loved watching the team grow. Laurie loves to be crafty at times. Hand-painted glasses for both teams fill her cabinets, team wreaths hang on her front door. Her blue and orange feathered sombrero makes it to every UTSA game, loud and proud. Laurie has a B.S. in Marketing, and a Minor in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising from Mississippi State University.

1 Comment on Lynn Hickey: thank you for football!

  1. UTSA Para 04 // October 19, 2013 at 5:45 am // Reply

    First of all. Thanks for you support of UTSA. It was great to meet you.

    We really really really prefere to be called “UTSA” or The University of Texas at San Antonio. “UT San Antonio” is not good at all. Thank you.


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