SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head football coach Jeff Traylor on Thursday announced that he has elevated Hunter Rittimann to assistant coach. A veteran of the Roadrunners’ staff since 2018, he will oversee the Roadrunners’ tight ends.
Rittimann moved into his new role following a two-year stint as UTSA’s Director of High School Relations. Prior to that, the San Antonio native was a graduate assistant for the offense for four seasons. During his time on staff, he has primarily worked with tight ends (2021-23) and wide receivers (2018-20), helping the Roadrunners to 46 wins, two conference championships and four bowl appearances.
In 2023, Rittimann helped the Roadrunners to a 9-4 record, including a 7-1 league mark in their debut campaign in the American Athletic Conference, and the program’s first bowl win with a 35-17 victory over Marshall in the Frisco Bowl. UTSA’s tight ends combined to catch 44 passes for 411 yards. Oscar Cardenas was named third-team all-conference after posting 32 receptions for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Rittimann helped guide UTSA to an 11-3 record, a second straight Conference USA Championship, a national ranking as high as No. 22, and a third consecutive bowl appearance in 2022. The tight ends hauled in 51 passes for 672 yards and three TDs, paced by Cardenas, who caught 31 balls for 438 yards and two scores en route to honorable mention all-league accolades. Overall, the offense set program records with 6,664 total offense yards, 476.0 yards per game, 4,210 passing yards, 300.7 passing yards per game, 34 passing touchdowns, 362 first downs and 25.9 first downs per game.
In 2021, Rittimann worked with the tight ends and helped the Roadrunners post a 12-2 record, earn a national ranking as high as No. 15, capture the program’s first league crown and make their second straight bowl game. The offense set single-season program records for total points (516) and points per game (36.9) with the tight ends combining to catch 28 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns.
Rittimann helped mentor the wide receivers for his first three years on the UTSA staff. In 2020, the unit combined for 170 receptions, 1,923 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, while helping lead a balanced offensive attack that piled up 2,399 passing yards and a school-record 2,585 rushing yards. UTSA won seven games, finished second in the C-USA West Division and made the program’s first bowl appearance since 2016.
During his time as a graduate assistant, he also helped coordinate on-campus events such as junior days as well as official and unofficial visits.
Rittimann was a member of the Texas Tech football program in 2014-16 under then-head coach Kliff Kingsbury, playing quarterback, wide receiver and on special teams.
He played quarterback at San Antonio Johnson High School under his father, head coach Ron Rittimann. He was a first-team All-District 26-5A and honorable mention Class 5A All-State selection as a senior in 2013 after throwing for 2,898 yards and 32 touchdowns on 158-of-252 passing.
Rittimann earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas Tech in 2017 and his master’s degree in health and kinesiology from UTSA in 2020.