Former UTSA coach Larry Coker on 2025 College Football Hall of Fame ballot | UTSA Today | UTSA

Former UTSA head coach Larry Coker (left) and longtime UTSA fan Red McCombs took this photo in September 2010 as the UTSA football team prepared for its inaugural 2011 season.

3 JUNE 2024 — Former head coach of UTSA Larry Coker has landed on the ballot for the 2025 College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation (NFF) and the College Hall of Fame announced Monday.

Coker, a member of the UTSA Athletics Inaugural Hall of Fame Class inducted in October 2023, is one of nine coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision on the latest ballot, along with 77 FBS players and 101 players and 34 coaches from the division ranks.

Coker was hired on March 6, 2009, to build the UTSA football program from the ground up. He led the Roadrunners to new heights as one of the most successful startup programs of the modern era. After one practice season in 2010, UTSA made national headlines starting with the opening game when 56,743 fans flocked to the Alamodome on September 3, 2011, to watch the Roadrunners defeat Northeastern State — Coker's alma mater — by a score of 31-3. UTSA averaged 35,521 fans in its debut season, going 4-6 for six home games, with the team comprised primarily of freshmen and sophomores.

Under Coker's leadership, the Roadrunners doubled their win total in year two, reaching an 8-4 overall record and finishing fourth behind three bowl-eligible teams in the Western Athletic Conference with a 3-3 record in 2012. UTSA, which was in its first year of reclassification to the FBS and was not eligible to play in a bowl game, led the WAC in average attendance at home games this fall (29,226).

Coker's UTSA team made a splash in its debut season as a member of Conference USA in 2013. The Roadrunners finished the season with five straight wins and finished with an overall record of 7-5 against seven bowl teams. UTSA entered the final week of the season battling for the Conference USA West Division crown and finished second with a league record of 6-2. The young team continued to record impressive attendance, drawing an average of 29,214 fans over six home games, which ranked second in the league.

Coker led the Roadrunners to several more key victories in his final two seasons at the helm, including a 27-7 victory over Houston in the 2014 season opener on national television in the first game at the Cougars' TDECU Stadium. The Okemah, Oklahoma native coached UTSA's first All-American and NFL draft pick at tight end David Morgan IIthe program's first NFL first-round pick and three-time All-Conference player at defensive end Marcus DavenportJim Thorpe Award semifinalist and three-time All-League safety Triston Wade and future NFL players Ashaad Mabry, Jason Neill, Bennett Okotcha, Brian Price, Kevin Strong Jr., Dalton Sturm And Jarveon Williams during his time in San Antonio.