UTRGV announces members of football feasibility study committee

By Patrick Gonzales

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 24, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced today the members of its football feasibility study committee. The group is comprised of university staff, faculty and students, community leaders and special advisors.

The committee, which will be chaired by legendary football coach Mack Brown, will work with consultants to develop a recommendation for UTRGV Director of Athletics Chris King. King will then make the final recommendation to President Guy Bailey.

UTRGV is also in the process of developing its founding strategic and master plans, and this feasibility study is a subset of those plans.

“This is another important step in this process that will ultimately decide if starting a football program is feasible for UTRGV,” King said. “This committee will certainly play a key role in that decision, and we have comprised an impressive group that will make the best choice for UTRGV and the entire Rio Grande Valley. The university thanks them in advance for their service.”

University members:

  • Alberto Adame, UTRGV Student Government Association Representative
  • Michael Aldape, Program Coordinator, Early College
  • Dr. Janna Arney, Vice President for Operations, Chief of Staff
  • Dr. Alberto Davila, Professor, Economics
  • Alondra Galvan, UTRGV Student Government Association Representative
  • Veronica Gonzales, Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations
  • Dr. Paul Sale, Faculty Athletics Representative
  • Julia Perez, Vice President, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete
  • Lew Stallworth, Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete


Community members:

  • Alonzo Cantu, UTRGV Foundation Board Member; CEO, Cantu Entertainment Group
  • Dan Martinez, CEO, Dan Martinez & Associates LP  
  • David Oliveira, Attorney, Roerig, Oliveira & Fisher, L.L.P.
  • Val LaMantia Peisen, L & F Distributors, LLC
  • Dr. Nolan Perez, MD, Gastroenterology Consultants
  • Gene Powell, former University of Texas System Board of Regent; CEO, Bitter blue, Inc.; CEO, The Powell Companies
  • Tudor Ulhorn, President, Rio Grande Equipment Co.
  • Bob Vackar, CEO, Bert Ogden Auto Group
  • The Honorable Rose Vela, Attorney at Law

Special advisors:

  • Oliver Luck, Executive Vice President, NCAA; former Director of Athletics, West Virginia University; President and General Manager, Houston Dynamo; former Vice President of Business Development and President and CEO, NFL Europe; former QB for West Virginia University and the NFL
  • Mike Vollmar, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Football Administration, University of Tennessee; former Director, Football Operations at the University of Alabama, University of Michigan and Michigan State University

Alan Marks, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs & Athletics Counsel, UT System

Marci.Caltabiano@UTRGV.edu UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications

Jennifer.McGehee@UTRGV.edu UTRGV Director of Public Relations