UTPB signs new contract with Coach Kris McCullough after historic season

UTPB signs new contract with Coach Kris McCullough after historic season

UTPB Permian Head Football Coach Kris McCullough signed a new contract with the university that will extend his stay through the 2026 season, with incentives that could extend through 2029.

Terms of the new contract, which were not immediately disclosed, will make McCullough one of the highest paid coaches in the Lone Star Conference, according to UTPB. The contract provides incentives including number of wins, team GPA, playoff opportunities and game attendance.

UTPB VP of Athletics Todd Dooley said McCullough earned the competitive contract.

“Kris is a highly sought-after coach, and we are grateful that we have him locked-in as a Falcon for several more years,” Dooley said.

In his first season as the Falcons head coach, McCullough was named LSC Coach of the Year after leading UTPB to a perfect 8-0 conference record, a first for the program. He was also recently named the 2023 All-Texas Non-FBS Coach of the Year by Dave Campbell.

Under McCullough, the Falcons won their first conference championship in program history, going 10-1 overall and beating three nationally ranked teams this season (Angelo State, Central Washington and Texas A&M Kingsville). In the pre-season poll, UTPB was picked to finish seventh in the LSC.

Dooley also noted McCullough is “an effective and inspirational leader” who built “a close-knit family with our student-athletes by setting high standards for his team in the classroom and in our community.”

Prior to joining UTPB, McCullough led East Central University to 9-3 record and a win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the Fun Town RV Heritage Bowl.

McCullough called it “a great day for me and family.”

“And also a great day for us as a program, knowing the leadership and commitment they have, and the community has, to not just me and my family, but to my staff and our program moving forward,” he said. “I think you see the success football had kind of carried on to other sports. Tennis and golf had great seasons…our basketball teams are doing their part as well, being both 7-2.”

McCullough added, “The direction of this university is a huge reason why I committed to staying here longterm.”

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