UTSA officially joins Conference USA
UTSA officially became a member of Conference USA (C-USA). The Roadrunners joined Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Florida International (FIU), Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Old Dominion as full members, which pushed the league's membership to 16 schools. read more
Director of Track & Field/Cross Country
Aaron Fox is in his sixth season as UTSAs director of track & field and cross country. An integral part of Roadrunners track & field for more than a decade, Fox has been in charge of the men since 2003 and he added the women to his list of responsibilities following the merging of the two programs in July 2008. His career in the Alamo City began as an assistant for both the men and women from 2000-02.
Fox led UTSAs successful transition into the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) last year following unprecedented success in the programs former home, the Southland Conference.
The Roadrunners men captured the WAC Indoor Championship in February behind a school-record-tying six individual/relay titles. The victory was UTSAs eighth consecutive indoor league title and Fox was named WAC Coach of the Year (his eighth straight indoor coaching award). Richard Garrett Jr. was tabbed the conferences Outstanding Field Performer and he went on to match the programs highest national indoor finish with his fourth-place performance in the shot put. Outdoors, Joshua Smith advanced to the NCAA Championships semifinals in the 400-meter hurdles and his 13th-place performance earned him second-team All-America accolades.
Meanwhile, the women just missed out on their first indoor league crown in 19 years when they finished second to I-35 rival Texas State by just six points. That came on the heels of a runner-up effort at the WAC Cross Country Championships, which featured the closest race in meet history (Idaho won by only three points).
Assistant Coach (Throws)/Recruiting Coordinator
Chris Adams is in his fifth season working with UTSAs throwers. He has led Richard Garrett Jr. to three All-America certificates in his first four years in the Alamo City in addition to coaching seven conference champions. His athletes also have established new school records in eight events since his arrival.
Adams helped lead the UTSA men to a Southland Conference indoor/outdoor championship sweep last spring and the women recorded their best outdoor finish (second) in 15 years. Richard Garrett Jr. earned second-team All-America accolades at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive season, successfully defended his Southland indoor shot put title and became the first thower in program history to win an outdoor conference championship when he won the shot. Phil Steinert also was victorious during the indoor campaign in the weight throw and he went on to place second in the hammer at the leagues outdoor meet. All told, the men established three new school records and four athletes competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Preliminary Rounds.
The women were just as successful, as Katie Bragg successfully defended her conference hammer throw crown with a new Southland record, while Zaquita McClanahan captured gold in the shot put at the conferences outdoor meet. Both went on to participate at the national meet in their respective specialty events.
Assistant Coach (Sprints/Jumps)
Former Roadrunner standout Steven Brown is in his second season as a member of UTSAs track & field coaching staff. He tutors the programs jumpers and assists with the teams sprinters.
Brown helped lead the UTSA men to a Southland Conference indoor/outdoor championship sweep last spring and the women recorded their best outdoor finish (second) in 15 years. He also guided Tyler Williamson to outdoor All-America accolades in the long jump. After successfully defending his Southland indoor title in his specialty event, Williamson placed second at the leagues outdoor meet and followed that performance with a school record at the NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds, which qualified him for the national semifinals. Brown also helped lead Shahira Ehiemua to Southland Outdoor Freshman of the Year honors. His athletes won a combined three conference championships, collected eight all-league certificates and established a trio of school records in his first season as a full-time assistant. Additionally, a half dozen Roadrunners (four women/two men) competed at the national outdoor meet.
Brown previously served as a member of Aaron Foxs staff in 2009 when he was the programs student volunteer coach. UTSA won its fourth consecutive Southland Conference Indoor Championship that season.
Assistant Coach (Sprints/Hurdles/Relays)
Adam Hudson begins his second season as an assistant coach for the Roadrunners this spring. He tutors the programs 400-meter sprinters, hurdlers, relay teams, womens high jumpers and womens multi-event athletes.
Hudson helped lead the UTSA men to a Southland Conference indoor/outdoor championship sweep last spring and the women recorded their best outdoor finish (second) in 15 years. He also guided Keyunta Hayes to outdoor All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles. Hayes raced to a fourth-place finish in the national final (second-best national performance in program annals), won a total of three Southland Championships (60m hurdles/110m hurdles/400m hurdles), set a pair of outdoor school records and advanced to the semifinals of the United States Olympic Trials. In fact, the Roadrunners claimed the top three spots in the leagues 400m hurdles final, which is believed to be a first in conference history, and those three – Hayes, Darryl Wyrick and Joshua Smith – advanced to the NCAA Outdor Championships along with the squads 1,600m relay squad. All told, 12 of his athletes (seven women/five men) scored points in Southland competition in his first year in the Alamo City, including the five men who combined for 14 all-conference certificates.
Hudson sprent the previous seven years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Texas State. He coached the Bobcats multi-event athletes and jumpers in addition to serving as the programs recruiting coordinator.
Assistant Coach (Middle Distances/Cross Country)
LaVera Morris is in her second year on the Roadrunners coaching staff. She tutors the teams middle distance runners and assists with cross country programs in addition to coordinating team travel, organizing housing for UTSAs student-athletes, arranging team meals and other administrative duties.
Morris came to the Alamo City following a one-year stint as the director of operations at her alma mater, Kentucky.
A two-time All-American in the 800 meters, Morris earned certificates at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships and two years later at the indoor national meet. She also won a Southeastern Conference Indoor Championship as a sophomore in the distance medley relay. Morris still holds the fastest indoor 800m time in UK history by a freshman (2:09.70) and ranks third overall with her 2:06, which she ran as a junior. Her outdoor career-best clocking of 2:05.87 as a sophomore stands fourth in Wildcats annals.