UTSA promotes Rollins to defensive coordinator


UTSA head coach Frank Wilson announced Wednesday that associate head coach/linebackers coach Jason Rollins has been promoted to defensive coordinator effectively immediately.

"We are very excited to promote Coach Rollins to defensive coordinator," Wilson said. "No one is more deserving of this, as his contributions can attest to the steady play at the linebacker position and in the overall performance of our defense. We believe we will continue to build on our defensive foundation that has been set forth."

Rollins, who coaches the Roadrunners' linebackers, was one of Wilson's first hires in January 2016. In his two seasons in the Alamo City, Rollins has helped lead UTSA to 12 wins and back-to-back years of being bowl eligible, including the program's first-ever bowl appearance in the 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Prior to his UTSA tenure, Rollins spent nine seasons as Tulane's secondary coach, including serving as co-defensive coordinator in 2015 and special teams coordinator in 2014. He played a key role in the development of three All-Americans and four NFL players in draft picks Lorenzo Doss and Taurean Nixon, as well as free agents Derrick Strozier and Jordan Sullen.

Rollins got his coaching start as an assistant coach for the defensive backs at McNeese State in 1997-98. He was an assistant coach in the Texas prep ranks at Galveston Ball (1999-2000) and La Marque (2001).

He spent three seasons (2002-04) as the defensive backs coach at Northwestern State, where he helped the Demons to the 2004 Southland title on the strength of the top defense in the FCS.

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