While the UTSA Roadrunners failed to land a bowl game invitation this year Frank Wilson’s coaching staff is sure being poached like a team that exceeded expectations. After parting ways with offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo and then losing three other coaches to other programs, UTSA will have their hands full with rebuilding their coaching roster in the coming weeks.
Defensive coordinator Pete Golding was the first coach to be poached after his top-three defense caught the eye of Nick Saban at Alabama. While Golding’s final job title is still unknown, it’s safe to say Golding is making a huge jump from UTSA to Tuscaloosa. Golding will probably be the toughest coach to replace as his defenses at UTSA truly overachieved thanks to Golding’s attacking scheme.
This morning we received news of two other assistant coaches parting ways with UTSA.
First up was UTSA safeties coach Patrick Toney. After racking up accolades at Sam Houston State, Toney helped a struggling UTSA secondary improve in his two years in San Antonio. A strong recruiter and quick riser in the coaching industry, Toney will be coaching at Lousiana-Lafayette next year. While UTSA to UL-Lafayette seems like a lateral move at best, Toney does have strong connections with the Cajuns’ new coaching staff and has deep ties to the Gulf Coast despite growing up in California.
Just hours later I received word that UTSA tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Ricky Brumfield was also leaving the program. Brumfield will be traveling north to Virginia where he will join Bronco Mendenhall’s staff to coach special teams. While the final salary numbers have yet to be officially released, I’ve heard Brumfield will be receiving a sizable salary increase at Virginia despite taking on a similar role to the one he held at UTSA. Brumfield developed Freshman Jared Sackett into an All-American kicker and the Roadrunners’ punt and kick off coverage teams were phenomenal under Brumfield’s guidance.
With two coordinators and two assistant coaches no longer with the program Frank Wilson will need to make at least five coaching hires this offseason as each NCAA program will be adding a 10th full time assistant coach before the start of the 2018 season.
With Football Scoop reporting that Wilson has already been in negotiations with potential coordinators, I would expect those hires to be finalized soon. Wilson will likely lean on input from the new coordinators to decide which direction to head in for the open assistant coaching spots from there. Stay tuned for updates as they’re available.