Coker didn't have to go far to hire UTSA's new offensive coordinator

Coker didn't have to go far to hire UTSA's new offensive coordinator

Credit: Jeff Huehn, UTSA Athletics

Kevin Brown, wearing orange shirt, coached with Travis Bush at TCU, Texas State and UTSA before getting promoted to succeed him as the Roadrunners' offensive coordinator.

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by David Flores / Kens5.com

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Posted on February 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 28 at 10:08 AM

When UTSA football coach Larry Coker talked about the importance of the Roadrunners maintaining offensive continuity after offensive coordinator Travis Bush resigned last month, it was pretty much a cinch that he would promote someone on his staff to replace Bush.

It also became apparent quickly that Kevin Brown, who coached UTSA's tight ends last season, was a lock to become the second offensive coordinator in the program's history.

Coker made it official last week when he promoted Brown, a former TCU wide receiver who joined the UTSA staff in December 2010. Given his familiarity with Bush's offense --- the two coached together at TCU and Texas State --- Brown will give Coker the continuity he deems vital at this point in his fledgling program's development.

"I think he's going to make an excellent coordinator, and he will help take our offense to the next level," Coker said. "He's already very familiar with the system we have in place and the direction we're going, plus the players feel very comfortable with him."

Brown, who turns 32 on March 12, was an assistant coach at Texas State in the four seasons immediately before he became a member of UTSA's first football coaching staff.

The Roadrunners finished 4-6 in their inaugural season last year.

"I'm excited, first and foremost," Brown said. "I have hit the ground running and I appreciate the opportunity Coach Coker has given me. I'm looking forward to being part of a program that has great potential."

A Waco Midway High School graduate, Brown is well versed in the intricacies of the multiple offense Bush implemented at UTSA. He coached the wide receivers at Texas State when Bush was the Bobcats' co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

UTSA offfense averaged 26.6 points, 364.5 yards last year 

Brown was a graduate assistant at TCU for three seasons after completing his playing career in 2002. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from TCU.

Brown credited Bush, who left UTSA to become running backs at the University of Houston, for helping him develop as a coach.

"I learned so much from Travis," Brown said. "We were graduate assistants together at TCU and then we were together at Texas State. He's a great guy to work with. I know our relationship played a part in me getting this job, so I'm grateful to have had the chance to coach with Travis."

Playing mostly with freshmen and redshirt freshmen, the UTSA offense averaged 26.6 points and 364.5 yards last year. Sophomore Eric Soza, who transferred to UTSA in January 2010 after redshirting as a freshman at Texas State in 2009, was the Roadrunners' starting quarterback throughout the season.

"Eric did a great job," Brown said. "First and foremost, he's a leader. He's never going to be content. He's a coach's son, so he's been around the game since he was a little kid. He's always looking to improve. I have great expectations of Eric."

Soza's father, Chris, is head football coach at Alice High School.

While calling plays will be a new experience for Brown, he expressed confidence that he's ready for the challenge of his new job.

"We''ll be running a lot of the same things we ran last year," Brown said. "We're going to work hard to try to get better every day and execute on game day."

Brown said the Roadrunners' program has made big strides in a short period.

"I think the potential here is intriguing and it's only going to get better," he said. "UTSA and San Antonio, in general, is an easy sell. Word is out about UTSA football."

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