UTRGV Football

Everything You Need To Know About UTRGV Football (Updated March 2024)


In a world brimming with information at our fingertips, it’s both a travesty and a comedy that, quite expectedly, the UTRGV Football program remains an enigmatic ghost on the internet. The powers that be within UTRGV couldn’t even spruce for some lonely student, and future reddit mod, to create a Wikipedia page for the team.

Of course, your friends at The Bench Wire are here to save the day and help answer all your burning questions about the next thing the Valley will soon enough ignore.

When will UTRGV Football play their first game?

UTRGV Football will play their inaugural official game on Saturday, August 30, 2025. Their first opponent has not yet been determined. UTRGV Football has plans to play several exhibition games starting in the Fall of 2024.

Where will UTRGV Football play their home games?

UTRGV Football will play their home games in Edinburg, TX at the Robert and Janet Vackar Stadium and in Brownsville, TX as UTRGV has co-campuses in both cities following the merger of UT – Pan American in Edinburg and UT – Brownsville in Brownsville in 2015.

Currently, the City of Edinburg is in the process of acquiring HEB Park from Toros Stadium LLC., which lists South Texas business magnate Alonso Cantu (Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Lone Star National Bank, RGV Vipers) as its registered agent. The university’s board of regents voted in late 2023 to acquire HEB Park from the City of Edinburg if they are able to successfully acquire the stadium.

UTRGV Football has committed to playing at least one home game a year in Brownsville’s Sams Memorial Stadium.

UPDATE 2/28/2024

UTRGV officially announced that they have acquired HEB Park, renaming it UTRGV Stadium.

UPDATE 3/21/2024

UTRGV announced the stadium will be re-named from UTRGV Stadium to the Robert and Janet Vackar Stadium.

Who is the head coach for UTRGV Football?

UTRGV Football’s head coach is Travis Bush.

From UTRGV: Collegiately, Bush held positions including assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and running backs coach at Houston from 2012-14, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UTSA from 2010-12, associate head coach, co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach at Texas State from 2004-10, and assistant offensive line coach and graduate assistant at TCU from 2001-04.

Prior to accepting the position, Bush was most recently the head coach for the New Braunfels Canyon High School.

Bush’s family has ties to the Rio Grande Valley and is the son of 2011 RGV Sports Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Bush, who currently serves as UTRGV Football’s Director of High School Relations.

Who else is on UTRGV Football’s coaching staff?

Here is UTRGV Football’s current coaching staff:

Travis BushHead Coachcoachtbush
Brian GambleAssistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach[email protected]CoachBGamble
Jeff BowenCo-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach[email protected]CoachJeffBowen
Mike SchultzCo-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach[email protected]CoachMcSchultz
Adrian McDonaldPass Game Coordinator/Safeties Coach/Recruiting Coordinator[email protected]CoachAdayMac11
Marcus ColemanSpecial Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach[email protected]
Chris BrasfieldWide Receivers Coach/Player Development[email protected]
Mike BarelaTight Ends Coach[email protected]Coach_Barela
James Lockhart IVOutside Linebackers Coach[email protected]COACH__LOCK
Nate LangfordDefensive Line Coach[email protected]coachlangford46
Marco RegaladoRunning Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator[email protected]CoachRegalado

Who is on UTRGV Football’s current roster?

Here is UTRGV Football’s current roster:

NamePOSHTWTYRHometownLast School
Jorge AlvaradoDE6-2220Fr.Laredo, TexasJohn B. Alexander HS
Ja'Marcus AndersonDE6-2240Fr.Houston, TexasDickinson HS
Sergio AparicioQB5-10165Fr.Pharr, TexasPSJA North HS
Caleb BlockerRB5-9190Fr.Katy, TexasKaty Tompkins HS
Mehkhi BlueOL6-6275Fr.Harlingen, TexasMarine Military Academy
Ian BoxOLB6-3230R-So.Seguin, TexasLamar University
Trey BrightLB6-2225Fr.Mont Belvieu, TexasBarbers Hill HS
Zion BrownQB6-0181Fr.Atascocita, TexasAtascocita HS
Brennan CarrollRB5-8170Fr.San Antonio, TexasRoosevelt HS
Atzel Chavez Jr.QB6-1170Fr.Laredo, TexasUnited HS
Tristan ComptonLS6-1235Fr.Hutto, TexasHutto HS
Kayden CooperDB6-1185Fr.Houston, TexasNew Caney HS
TJ DementRB5-8180Fr.Boerne, TexasBoerne HS
Tony DiazWR5-11175Fr.San Marcos, TexasSan Marcos HS
Danny GarciaDL6-1275Fr.Pharr, TexasPSJA North HS
Dante GarciaOL6-2280Fr.Pharr, TexasPSJA North HS
Landen GaskampLB6-0215Fr.Mont Belvieu, TexasBarbers Hill HS
Cameron GlennWR6-2170Fr.Humble, TexasAtascocita HS
Jose Gonzalez-VargasOL6-2260Fr.Laredo, TexasUnited HS
Mateo GrajedaTE6-4235Fr.El Paso, TexasCoronado HS
Jaiden HaygoodLB6-0195Fr.Converse, TexasJudson HS
Roman HernandezOL6-7275Fr.El Paso, TexasEastlake HS
Nick HughesOL6-4275Fr.San Antonio, TexasCentral Catholic HS
Aidan JakobsohnQB6-0150Fr.Ingleside, TexasIngleside HS
Brenden JonesOL6-6300Fr.San Marcos, TexasSan Marcos HS
Jaylan JonesDL6-1265Fr.Cibolo, TexasByron P. Steele II HS
Nathan LuschenTE6-4220Fr.Cuero, TexasCuero HS
Jaxson MaynardLB6-2230Fr.Bulverde, TexasSmithson Valley HS
Dakories MomentDB5-10170Fr.Fort Worth, TexasBrewer HS
Gunner NaivarWR6-0165Fr.Converse, TexasPrestonwood Christian Academy
Oscar NnannaDB6-10170Fr.Cypress, TexasBridgeland HS
Boone ParteeK5-11165Fr.New Braunfels, TexasNew Braunfels HS
Nicholas PeaceDB5-11170Fr.Texas City, TexasDickinson HS
Jamal PolleyRB5-8170Fr.Edinburg, TexasRobert Vela HS
Alijah ProsserDB5-10160Fr.Manor, TexasManor HS
William RogalinskiP5-11220Fr.San Antonio, TexasSandra Day O'Connor HS
Jaxson ShupeATH6-2190Fr.Edinburg, TexasRobert Vela HS
Aidan SmithLB6-2215Fr.New Braunfels, TexasCanyon HS
Tyler StatonDN6-4220Fr.Lockhart, TexasLockhart HS
Juan'Yae TaylorATH5-10175Fr.San Antonio, TexasWagner HS
DaCorien ThompsonDN6-1250Fr.Crowley, TexasNorth Crowley HS
Luke ValdezWR6-2190Fr.San Antonio, TexasSandra Day O'Connor HS
Joe Derek VecchioOL6-2284Fr.Pharr, TexasPSJA North HS
Jayven VillasenorDB5-11175Fr.Laredo, TexasUnited HS
Cah'lil WardDB5-10175Fr.League City, TexasClear Creek HS
Caleb WarrenLB6-3235Fr.Lake Jackson, TexasBrazoswood HS
Shane WernerDB5-11170Fr.Round Rock, TexasStony Point HS
Nolan WhiteDB6-0180Fr.Port Arthur, TexasPort Arthur Memorial HS
Jarius WilliamsDB6-3190Fr.League City, TexasClear Springs HS
Jaden WincherDE6-3240Fr.Pearland, TexasPearland HS
Blake ZellerOL6-5280Fr.New Braunfels, TexasCanyon HS

When will tickets go on sale for UTRGV Football?

There is no information on when UTRGV’s season tickets will go on sale or how much they will cost. However, you can place a $25 deposit to secure season tickets to UTRGV Football’s inaugural season for whenever they do go on sale.

As UTRGV’s inaugural season schedule has not been released, there is currently no information on single-game tickets.

What NCAA division will UTRGV Football play in?

UTRGV Football will play in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level.

What conference will UTRGV Football play in?

UTRGV Football will play in the United Athletic Conference beginning in the Fall of 2025.

What is the UTRGV Football exhibition schedule for 2024?

UTRGV Football has no exhibition games currently on the schedule for 2024, although, this is likely to change by the Summer of 2024.

What is the UTRGV Football schedule for 2025?

UTRGV Football currently only has one opponent scheduled for 2025, the Houston Christian Huskies, to be played Saturday, September 27, 2025 in Houston as part of a home-and-home series that extends through the 2026 season.

As far as the rest of their schedule, being that they belong to the United Athletic Conference, they will likely play games against the following opponents:

Abilene Christian

Austin Peay

Central Arkansas

Eastern Kentucky

North Alabama

Southern Utah

Stephen F. Austin

Tarleton State

Utah State

West Georgia

To date, UTRGV Football has not made any formal announcement regarding other non-conference opponents for the 2025 season.

What other teams is UTRGV Football scheduled to play?

UTRGV Football currently has two future opponents scheduled beyond their inaugural 2025 season.

For the 2026 season, UTRGV Football is scheduled to play a home game against Houston Christian in the final game of a home-and-home series.

UTRGV Football has also scheduled the Texas State Bobcats, a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent, for a series starting with games played at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos on September, 11, 2027, and September 14, 2030. Texas State will pay UTRGV $300,000 for their first game and $350,000 for their second game.

Will UTRGV Football have a marching band?

Yes, UTRGV Football will have a marching band. Currently, the marching band is being headed by new UTRGV director of bands, Ronnie Rios, who previously served as the longtime band director for Harlingen High School.

Will UTRGV Football be in the EA College Football 25 video game?



We’ll keep this page up until someone at UTRGV Football decides to legitimize this team and provide them with a Wikipedia page.

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