Mike Villa was hired as head equipment manager at UTSA in April 2010. He is responsible for all apparel, equipment and gear and helps coordinate practices for the program.
Villa came to the Roadrunners from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he served as assistant equipment manager for the National Football League franchise since March 2009. He was responsible for helmet and shoulder pad preparation and maintenance, coach and staff sideline apparel, game day locker room setup and daily laundry needs, among other duties. He also assisted the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIV preparation and game day activities as a member of the Buccaneers’ host support staff.
Villa was selected as the lone full season equipment manager intern out of a pool of six applicants who worked the 2008 training camp.
Prior to joining Tampa Bay’s staff, Villa served as head equipment manager for the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League from December 2006-September 2007. He was responsible for ordering and maintaining inventory of all apparel, managing the equipment budget, setting up the practice field, maintaining helmets and shoulder pads and serving as the liaison to the Orleans Arena, the game and practice facility for the Gladiators.
As a student at UTEP, Villa served as an equipment manager from 2000-06, including four years as the head student equipment manager.
Villa earned his bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies with specializations in kinesiology, health promotion and criminal justice from UTEP in December 2006.
Villa graduated from Odessa High School in 2000 and he is married to the former Mariza Gutierrez.