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UTPB Head Football Coach Justin Carrigan to become Deputy Athletic Director

Carrigan is the only coach in program history and steps down after seven seasons with the Falcons.
Credit: NewsWest 9

ODESSA, Texas — The UTPB Falcons football team will be looking for a new head coach as Justin Carrigan will step down from the position he held for seven years and step into a new role.

NewsWest 9 Sports has confirmed that Carrigan, the only coach in the history of the program, will no longer be the coach following a 5-6 record in 2022. 

UTPB announced on Nov. 29 that Carrigan will be transitioning to a new role as Deputy Athletic Director. This will put him in a leadership position for 16 programs across the university.

Carrigan was hired in 2015 when the program was started and he leaves UT Permian Basin with a 26-45 overall record. 

The Falcons won five games each of the last three seasons and were invited to the Fun Town RV Heritage Bowl following the conclusion of the 2021 season. 

After winning just six games in the program's first three seasons of play, Carrigan and the Falcons won four games in 2019, before fifteen wins in the last three seasons combined. 

Carrigan came to UTPB after spending five seasons as an assistant at Tarleton, the final three as offensive coordinator. Prior to his stint at TSU, Carrigan spent a year at UTEP. 

Carrigan began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant in 2005 at MSU Texas as wide receivers coach.  A season later he was promoted to passing game coordinator and helped the offense average 549.4 yards per game in 2007. He was a two-time All-LSC safety at Angelo State. 

As a three-year starter in the secondary, he was All-Conference in 2000 and 2001, and was a team captain in 2002.

“I am proud of the impact that Justin has had, not only on our football program, but the entire University. We have benefited from his work ethic and dedication to student-athletes. I know he will provide tremendous value as he takes on this important new role for athletics,” said UTPB President Sandra Woodley.

Todd Dooley, Vice President for Athletics, tells NewsWest 9 UTPB will now begin searching for a new head football coach.   

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