Saturday, January 16, 2016

Why I'm a Roadrunner

Me during UTSA's first season in 2011 - in my element.
I did not attend, nor did I graduate from, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), so why am I a Roadrunner?  First off, out of all the cities in the United States, I chose San Antonio.  I have been drawn here since I first visited in 1988 and I finally moved here in 2010.  Secondly, my daughter will graduate from UTSA this year with a degree in Biology.  Third, and most powerful, I have been part of UTSA's football program (as a fan) from the beginning; UTSA didn't field a team until the 2011 season and I was one of the first season ticket holders (600ish out of 13,000).

There is something special about being a part of something from the very beginning, there's a kinship between fans and between the football program and the fans.  The (now old) number 11 jersey that you see in the photo accompanying this post may seem like just another jersey; however, fans who have been there from the start know the significance of that jersey.

I'm proud of where this program has been and where it's going.  I have had the pleasure to speak with Lynn Hickey, the Director of Athletics at UTSA, on several occasions and I couldn't be any prouder of the job she has done and continuing to do.  The recent hire of Frank Wilson to replace Larry Coker was in her words, a "coup" for the program.  I look forward to the Frank Wilson era at UTSA.

I also respect UTSA as a top tier educational institution and I hope to have some sort of professional affiliation with the university when I finish my PhD this year.  The UTSA graduates that I've seen in the workplace have consistently impressed me.

Last, but not least, I met my wife Jessica tailgating at UTSA games and she'll be the first to tell you that the Alamodome is my favorite place to be (as long as she is by my side).  

Go Runners!!!

Me and my beautiful wife Jessica.