Larry Coker, the very first head coach of Roadrunners Football, is considered by many to be the “Father of UTSA Football.” In recognition of Larry’s many contributions, City Fans 210 has established this special NIL fund to honor the coach’s storied career and the impact he has made in our community.
Art Burdick, Founder, and CEO of Burdick Custom Homes has led the effort to create a special City Fans 210 NIL fund to honor Larry’s legacy. Art is making a $10,000 annual donation to City Fans 210 and asking all his 210 friends and UTSA alumni to join him in raising $25,000 every year to help recruit aspiring football talent to UTSA in recognition of Coach Coker’s significant contributions to UTSA’s football program.
Hired in 2009, Larry Coker built the UTSA program from scratch, starting with only a helmet and a football purchased at a local store. Yet Coker, who wears a National Championship ring from his time at the University of Miami, made up for UTSA’s lack of facilities and equipment with his reputation and humbleness. He saw the potential of UTSA’s location in one of the nation’s largest cities and in the middle of some of the best—yet often underrecruited—high school football talent in the country.
“Coach Coker launched the Roadrunners football program in his typical humble, caring and approachable way. Larry demonstrated his commitment to UTSA on Day One and made it all possible back in 2012,” says Art Burdick.
UTSA’s current head football coach, Jeff Traylor, said this; “I love Larry Coker. He made it all possible.”