UTPB Football will play its home games at Ratliff Stadium (17,931), located on the north side of Odessa. Practice facilities and fields will be constructed on-campus at UTPB.
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin President Dr. David Watts announced at a Friday morning press conference that Justin Carrigan has been named the first head football coach in UTPB history.
Carrigan comes to UTPB having spent the last five years as an assistant at Tarleton State, including the last three seasons as offensive coordinator.
“Justin brings an enormous amount of experience, success in Texas football and relationships with coaches and players all over Texas,” said Watts. “We are proud to have Justin Carrigan as the first coach of UTPB football. He will instill in his team the kind of values, commitment to integrity and success that is the hallmark of UTPB athletics.”,
The Tarleton State offense has improved in each of its three years with Carrigan at the helm, averaging 485 yards of offense since 2012. The Texans scored 43.7 points per game in 2014, averaging 522.8 yards of offense in 10 games.
Associate Head Coach / Co-Defensive Coordinator (Defensive Line) / Recruiting Coordinator
Chris Mineo joins the UTPB Staff from Tarleton State where he spent seven seasons coaching the Defensive Line and spent four years as recruiting coordinator.
In 2014, Mineos defensive line finished the season with 24.5 Sacks which was 2nd in the Lone Star Conference. Defensive End Anthony Gonzales finished the season with 9 Sacks which led the Lone Star Conference. Gonzales was also a 2nd Team LSC DE, while DT Juan Gonzalez was Honorable Mention LSC Member.
In, 2013, Mineos defensive line suffered injuries to key players despite the inuries Mineos linemen helped the Texans to the leagues No. 3-ranked rushing defense and No. 3-ranked red-zone defense. Mineo had 11 defensive linemen record a tackle in 2013 with Patrick Bettiol leading all linemen with 32 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, and a sack. Freshman Jake Blount also recorded a team-best, six sacks.
Jacob Martin will be in his first season as UTPBs Co-Defensive Coordinator. He came from Tarleton State where he earned his masters degree in kinesiology and coached in the 4-2-5 defense for the past 5 years.
In his five-year tenure with at Tarleton, Martin spent his first two seasons as a coach in the secondary, two of which were as a graduate assistant coach. In 2012 he coached the defensive ends, before moving back to coach the secondary again in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
In Martins time at Tarleton he coached 8 All-Conference, 3 All-Americans, and 2 players that are currently playing in the NFL, including 6th round draft pick Rufus Johnson and free agent signee Dashaun Phillips. Safety Charles Moore was named Capital One Academic All-American, Daktronics All-American, as well as being a finalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete award.
Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator (Quarterbacks)
Scott Preston has always been known as a highly innovative offensive mind, known for his high-powered offenses and dynamic QB/WR combinations. With 21 years of experience coaching in the popular “Air Raid Offense”, Prestons offenses have set records everywhere he has been.
Coach Preston Comes to UTPB from being the QB Coach for Air Raid architect Hal Mumme at Belhaven University…..Belhaven finished the 2014 season ranked second nationally passing yardage and 10th in total offense in the NAIA.
Prior to his stint on Mummes staff, Preston was an assistant at Tiffin University for one of his former players, Gary Goff.
Assistant Coach (Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs)
Carlos Barocio-Leon will serve on Coach Justin Carrigans inaugural staff as Special Teams Coordinator and running back coach in 2015.
Prior to his hiring at UTPB, Carlos Barocio-Leon was an assistant coach at SMU from 2008-2014. He served as Special Teams Coordinator for the Mustangs from 2013-2014.
Barocio-Leon spent the 2012 season as Coordinator of Quality Control(Offense) and previously served as offensive graduate assistant and videograduate assistant. Barocio-Leon came to SMU from Texas College, wherehe served as the Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach, helping theSteers claim the CSFL Championship in 2005.
Boone Feldt – Assistant Coach/Offensive Line