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’Runner Roundup

’Runner Roundup

New faces and promising performances propel UTSA athletics programs forward

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Men’s basketball coach Steve Henson earns contract extension following a 20-win season.
  • Football faces the challenges of a difficult schedule and new coordinators.
  • A conference championship caps the greatest season ever for women’s golf.

By Shea Conner |
Originally Posted 9/01/2018 |
From the Fall/Winter 2018 Issue

While Athletics Director Lisa Campos has big plans for the sports scene at UTSA, she has strong leadership already in place in key roles. Here are some highlights heading into a new year for athletics.

Men’s Basketball: Campos gave head coach Steve Henson a contract extension through 2024 after he led his team to just its second 20-win season since 1992 and earned 2018 Conference USA Coach of the Year honors. The upcoming season could very well be a defining one for UTSA, which brings back several starters, including 2018 Conference USA Freshman of the Year Jhivan Jackson. The Roadrunners will host Oklahoma on November 12 in one of the most anticipated games in the history of the Convocation Center.

Women’s Basketball: A 9–21 record wasn’t the outcome Kristen Holt had hoped for in her first season as head coach at UTSA, but optimism emerged after the team won six of its final 10 games, including the program’s first victory at the Conference USA Tournament since 2014.

Football: Head coach Frank Wilson recruited what many college football analysts consider the most talented class in program history in 2018, and the young Roadrunners will need to be at their best as they kick off the upcoming season with tough matchups against Arizona State, Baylor, and Kansas State. UTSA will also be breaking in new coaches on each side of the ball: offensive coordinator Al Borges, who previously guided Auburn and Michigan to incredible seasons, and defensive coordinator Jason Rollins, who was promoted from his post as UTSA’s linebackers coach.

Women’s Golf: Under the guidance of first-year head coach Summer Batiste the team claimed the 2018 Conference USA championship in April. Julie Houston and Ana Gonzalez led the way by finishing in first and second place, respectively, at the event. UTSA would go on to place 12th at the NCAA Regionals in Austin in May, capping the team’s most successful season in its 13-year history.

Soccer: Campos made her first head coaching hire at UTSA when she put Derek Pittman in charge of the women’s team. Pittman comes to San Antonio from the University of Idaho, where he coached the Vandals to Big Sky Conference regular season championships in 2015 and 2016. During his time in Idaho he mentored 47 Big Sky All-Academic honorees, while his teams set program records for wins, goals, assists, shutouts, and game attendance.