Beginning his first season at the University of Houston is Rodney Blackshear, who was hired in the spring of 2005. A former standout at Texas Tech University and an Arena Football League veteran, Blackshear will coach the UH wide receivers, which includes senior Vincent Marshall, a 2004 Second-Team, All-Conference USA selection.
Blackshear, a 35-year-old native of Houston, Texas and a graduate of Reagan High School, played four years at Texas Tech University from 1987-1991, before embarking on a career in the Arena Football League (AFL), where he played in 60 games, spanning five seasons. Blackshear comes to Houston after spending the 2004 season as the Offensive Coordinator/Director of Player Personnel for the AFL2's Rio Grande Valley Dorados in Hidalgo, Texas.
He played four seasons in his hometown of Houston, suiting up for the Texas Terror during the `96 and `97 season and the Houston ThunderBears during the `98 and `99 seasons.
Blackshear combined for 204 receptions for 2,482 yards and 45 receiving touchdowns in 52 games in Houston. He also recorded a touchdown off an interception and off a missed field-goal attempt. The 1998 All-Arena First Team (WR/DB) honoree closed out his AFL career with the 2001 Arena Bowl Champion Grand Rapids Rampage.
The former Red Raider was a member of Spike Dykes' inaugural recruiting class. Blackshear led the team in receiving in 1990 (44 rec., 973 yds, 9 TDs) and 1991 (30 rec., 649 yds, 5 TDs). He ranks third at Tech with 973 single-season yards in 1990 and also is tied for third at Tech with nine single-season TD receptions in 1990 (junior season). Overall, he ranks fourth in career yardage (1,980) and is tied for third with 14 career receiving touchdowns on Tech's all-time list. Blackshear holds the Southwest Conference (SWC) and Texas Tech single-game record with 251 against Houston (five receptions- 50.2 avg.) in 1991.
He also holds Tech's all-time record for career yards per reception with 20.4 and was awarded the Red Raiders "Team MVP" honor in 1990 and "Team Leadership" honor in 1991. Blackshear was honored as a two-time All-SWC member from 90-91, and received invitations to the Blue-Gray Game and the Japan Bowl in 1991.
Blackshear also spent one season as a student assistant at Texas Tech in 2002, where he first worked with UH head coach Art Briles. He spent the 2003 season as the offensive coordinator at Harvest Christian High School in Fort Worth.
Blackshear earned his Bachelor's degree in telecommunications from Tech in 2003. Blackshear and his wife, Denise, have an eight-year-old daughter, Destinee.