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Victoria native becomes head football coach at alma mater

By MIKE FORMAN
Nov. 21, 2013 at 5:21 a.m.

Victoria native and fomer NFL wide receiver Jerheme Urban talks with high school players at Memorial Stadium in Victoria during his annual football camp. The camp went all day Saturday and was free to participants. Urban played for Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs throughout his career and now is the offensive coordinator at his alma mater Trinity College.

Jerheme Urban File

• High School: Victoria Stroman. Football: Starting quarterback junior and senior years.

• College: Trinity University. Track and field: School records in 400-meter dash, 4 x 400-meter hurdles, triple jump. Football: School records career touchdowns, career receiving touchdowns, single-season touchdown receptions, single season touchdowns.

• NFL: Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs. Nine seasons: 91 receptions, 1,266 yards, 8 touchdowns.

• Coaching: Trinity University. 2012: Volunteer assistant; 2013: Offensive coordinator and named head coach.

This has been a memorable year for Jerheme Urban.

Urban made the transition from professional football player to a full-time coach when he became the offensive coordinator at Trinity University after working as a volunteer coach at his alma mater.

Urban and his wife, Emily, saw their family grow when they and their 3-year-old daughter welcomed the birth of twin sons.

The whirlwind continued Wednesday when the Victoria Stroman graduate was named the head football coach at Trinity.

Urban will replace Steve Mohr, who resigned Monday after 24 seasons at the San Antonio school.

"It's pretty surprising," Urban said by phone before heading into one of the many meetings he had scheduled Thursday. "When you consider everything that's gone on the last year as far as transitioning fully out of football, twins at home, and everything's changed pretty quick."

Urban excelled in football and track and field at Trinity. He played wide receiver in the NFL for nine seasons before working as a volunteer coach at Trinity for the 2012 season.

He was named the offensive coordinator this season and became fully immersed in his new profession as the Tigers finished with a 5-5 record.

"There were a lot of different situations to manage as far as high and lows," Urban said. "We had some adversity and we had some injuries we had to overcome. At the same time, it gave me the opportunity to see young guys grow and develop and become better football players and get an opportunity maybe they weren't planning on having this season."

Urban will turn 33 on Tuesday and is thankful for the opportunity to become a head coach at such a young age.

"I look around and there are some young guys who have had some success," he said. "Schools are putting their faith in those young guys and I am young. I'm coming on the heels of a guy who has been here for 24 years and built a great program and established a great tradition.

"I'd love to follow in those footsteps and go for 24-25, 30 years myself and be young when it's time to go be something else."

Bob King, Trinity's director of athletics, showed no hesitation in offering Urban the job.

"After coach Mohr made his decision to retire from coaching, I knew it would take a special person to fill those shoes, as it is never easy to replace a legendary coach," King said in a statement. "Fortunately, upon looking for potential replacements, we found that the best candidate was already at Trinity. I am flattered that a person as talented and gifted as Jerheme would even consider Trinity as his first coaching job."

Urban said he hopes to continue his free football camp in Victoria during the summer, and is ready to hit the road recruiting after the Thanksgiving holiday.

"It's a huge responsibility and a huge honor," Urban said. "There's a lot of pride that comes for me to be able to continue to wear this Trinity logo just from my history here.

"There's going to be a lot of administrative stuff that I've never had to do as far as being an assistant coach. I'm going to have to take care of and learn how to properly manage a lot of things. That's something that every other head coach has to experience at some point so there will be a lot of new things."

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