UTSA and football coach Traylor extend 10-year contract

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The University of Texas at San Antonio and head football coach Jeff Traylor on Sunday signed an agreement to extend the coach’s contract until 2031, in the midst of a historic season for the ranked football program. National level.

Athletic director Lisa Campos made the announcement of the $ 28 million extension to the soccer team with Traylor by her side. The hall erupted into loud cheers.

The announcement comes as rumors have circulated that Texas Tech University is considering Traylor for his recently vacant head coach position. For the first time in its 11-year history, UTSA is ranked in the Associated Press poll, reaching 16th place this week. The Roadrunners are one of six undefeated college football teams.

Traylor’s annual salary and additional compensation will increase from $ 2.5 million to $ 3.5 million over the course of the contract, in addition to potential performance-based bonuses. UTSA has also agreed to increase the payroll for assistant coaches and support staff.

In a prepared statement, Campos said Traylor had taken UTSA football to “new heights in no time.” Hired in December 2019, Traylor is UTSA’s third head coach and has over 30 years of coaching experience.

“Jeff saw something special at UTSA when he first expressed his interest in this job and we also knew we had someone special when we hired him to take over our program,” Campos said in the statement. “He is an exceptional leader, a builder of culture and a shaper of young men. He has brought unprecedented national exposure and praise to both our institution and the community of San Antonio. “

Traylor’s 10-year contract extension builds on the success of the football program. In August, UTSA opened the $ 40.4 million Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence, or RACE, a state-of-the-art training and training facility. President Taylor Eighmy and Campos also recently announced the university’s move from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference.

“Our team believes in him, and our students, alumni and fans are excited about the momentum,” Eighmy said in the statement. “This moment in time is very special. With the opening of our Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence and our upcoming American Athletic Conference membership, this is clearly the next transformational milestone on our bold trajectory to advance our athletics program, our university and our city. of San Antonio.

Traylor said in the statement that Eighmy and Campos “proactively engaged” him in contract extension discussions at the start of the season.

“I say it all the time, but this game is about the players and they’re the reason we’re in this profession to begin with,” Traylor said.

“We should all be talking about what they have accomplished this season,” he said. “They make history every week.”

Previously, Traylor served as an associate head coach at the University of Arkansas, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Traylor also had a 15-year career as a head coach at Gilmer High School in his hometown of east Texas, where he led the Buckeyes to three state championships. Gilmer’s football stadium is named after him.

In his two seasons at UTSA, Traylor posted a 15-5 record in his first 20 games, a program record for a head coach. He guided UTSA to the best general (8-0) and conference (4-0) debuts in school history, and the current eight-game winning streak is the longest in the history of UTSA and Football Bowl Subdivision’s third longest active streak (formerly NCAA Division IA). He is one of 21 FBS coaches on the Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards Coach of the Year watchlist this season.


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