Traylor announces UTSA football staff updates

SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head football coach Jeff Traylor on Monday announced several updates to the football staff, including the hiring of Parker Cundiff as director of scouting and Corey Jordan as director of player personnel.

Cundiff comes to San Antonio from Washington State, where he served as lead scout and NFL liaison in 2023 after spending the previous season as transfer scout, assisting the recruiting and scouting unit with a primary focus on transfer players.

Prior to arriving in Pullman, Cundiff spent the previous seven seasons at Texas A&M Kingsville. He started his tenure with the Javelinas in January 2015 as a graduate assistant, helping with the defensive line and special teams. He then served as assistant special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and tight ends/fullbacks coach from 2016 to 2019. In 2020, he was the director of football operations, recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach before moving over to the running backs and assisting with special teams in 2021.

While in Kingsville, Cundiff coached all-conference performers in long snapper Clay Engelhardt, kicker Julio De La Garza, fullback Kyle Williams, who was a second-team all-super region selection, and tight ends Stehly Reden, Torrey Thomas and Brent Hertel, who also earned honorable mention All-America accolades.

A product of San Antonio Warren High School, Cundiff was a punter and kicker for UTSA during its practice season in 2010, as well as in the first two seasons in 2011-12.

The son of former Texas A&M-Kingsville head coach Richard Cundiff, Cundiff graduated from UTSA in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in communications. He earned his master’s degree in education administration from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2018.

Jordan joins the UTSA staff after spending the past five years as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator under Marcus Shavers at McKinney High School near Dallas, helping turn the program into a state contender. During the 2023 season, he was the interim head coach for two games, leading the Lions to victories in both contests. McKinney finished the year with a 9-3 overall record after advancing to the area round of the Class 6A Division II playoffs. He helped lead McKinney to the third round of the playoffs in 2022, as the Lions finished the campaign with an 8-5 mark. He helped develop numerous NCAA Division I players, including Xavier Filsaime.

Prior to his tenure at McKinney High, Jordan was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for three of his four seasons (2015-18) at West Mesquite High School in the Metroplex. In his second season with the program, the Wranglers advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. He also served as the recruiting coordinator and helped aid more than 40 student-athletes earn scholarships to college, including the late Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe, whose No. 22 jersey numbers have been retired forever at Utah. He also was the head track & field coach at West Mesquite, guiding three relay teams to the region track meet in 2016.

Jordan got his coaching start at Allen High School and Ford Middle School in 2012-13. Jordan served as a varsity assistant at Allen High school where he helped the Eagles to two state titles.

A standout athlete at Dallas Bishop Lynch High School, Jordan rushed for 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns and racked up 550 receiving yards as a senior, leading the Friars to the 2023 state championship while earning all-state honors.

Jordan went on to play four years as a cornerback at Abilene Christian, where he was an All-American and three-time All-Lone Star Conference performer. His 76-yard interception return for a touchdown against SW Oklahoma State in 2006 still ranks in the top 12 longest pick sixes in school history.

Jordan earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Abilene Christian in 2008 and his master's in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2011.

He and his wife, Andrea, have two sons, Corey Jr. and Canaan. 

Traylor also unveiled new titles for several assistant coaches.

Justin Burke will return as offensive coordinator for his second full season in that role and he also will coach the quarterbacks.

Nick Graham is back as cornerbacks coach for his fifth season and he will add assistant head coach to his title.

Siddiq Haynes is now the defensive run game coordinator in addition to entering his second season as the defensive line coach.

Last week, Traylor announced Zach Brown as special teams coordinator and nickels coach, Hunter Rittimann as tight ends coach and Galen Scott as defensive pass game coordinator and linebackers coach.

Rounding out the on-field staff are defensive coordinator and safeties coach Jess Loepp, running backs coach and NFL liaison Julian Griffin, associate head coach, pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Price and run game coordinator and offensive line coach Kurt Traylor.

The Roadrunners are coming off a 9-4 campaign that saw them claim the first bowl win in program history with a 35-17 victory over Marshall in the Frisco Bowl. UTSA will open the 2024 season at home against Kennesaw State on Aug. 31 at the Alamodome. Fans can purchase season tickets online or by calling the UTSA Ticket Office at 210-458-UTSA (8872) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Current UTSA football season-ticket holders may renew their tickets by logging into their UTSA Account Manager.