UTSA Athletics Inaugural Hall of Fame Class Profile: Larry Coker

The inaugural UTSA Athletics Hall of Fame class will be inducted this weekend

SAN ANTONIO — UTSA Athletics will induct its inaugural Hall of Fame Class during Homecoming Weekend on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28.

The inaugural class is made up of McKenzie Adams (volleyball/women’s basketball), Devin Brown (men’s basketball), Marcus Davenport (football) and Tameka Roberts (women’s track & field/women’s basketball), as well as former head football coach Larry Coker and former athletics director Lynn Hickey.

The UTSA Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, while the Hall of Fame plaques will be unveiled to the inductees on Saturday morning at the Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence. The group also will be honored on the field during the football game against East Carolina on Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome.

This week, UTSA Athletics will profile each Hall of Fame Inaugural Class inductee.

Larry Coker
Football (2011-15)

The architect of UTSA Football, Larry Coker was hired in March 2009 to start the program from scratch. A national championship coach in 2001 at Miami (Fla.), his hiring brought immediate national recognition and visibility to the university, and he delivered by engineering one of the most successful startup programs in the modern era.

Following a practice season in 2010, UTSA set an NCAA modern startup program record when 56,743 fans filed into the Alamodome on Sept. 3, 2011, to watch the Roadrunners defeat Northeastern State, Coker’s alma mater. UTSA went on to average 35,521 fans — also a startup program record — for six home games.

The Roadrunners doubled their win total in year two, posting an 8-4 overall record and finishing fourth behind three bowl-eligible teams in the WAC.

UTSA debuted as a member of Conference USA in 2013 and finished 7-5 against a schedule that included seven bowl teams.

Coker guided the Roadrunners to several more key victories over his final two seasons at the helm, including a 27-7 upset of Houston in the 2014 season opener in the first game played at the Cougars’ TDECU Stadium. He finished his UTSA tenure with 26 victories, the second-most in program history.

The Okemah, Oklahoma, native coached numerous standouts during his tenure, including UTSA’s first All-American and NFL draft pick in David Morgan II and the first NFL first-round selection and three-time all-conference performer in Marcus Davenport, a fellow UTSA Athletics Hall of Fame Inaugural Class inductee.