Rafe Mata begins his eighth season at the University of Houston. Mata coaches the Cougar inside receivers and tight ends and recruits East Texas, Houston, East Texas Junior Colleges, Southern Mississippi and Alabama and Arizona and Illinois junior colleges.
One of Mata's players, sophomore tight end Mark Hafner, was named Conference USA, while wide receivers Donnie Avery and Vincent Marshall picked up several pieces of hardware during the post-season.
Mata spent one season as a graduate assistant for the Cougar offense. In his seven seasons with the Cougars, Mata has assisted the quarterback, tight end and wide receiver coaches and maintained the organization of many other offensive, special teams and recruiting duties.
In addition to his student administrative and coaching duties, Mata has served as a Houston football camp volunteer assistant since 2000, instructing quarterbacks and wide receivers in techniques used by the Cougar offense.
Mata's coaching experience goes well beyond his assistance at Houston as he served as a volunteer coach for the Rio Grande Valley football camp (Mission, Texas) from 2001-02, the Oil Belt Baseball Team (New London, Texas) from 1999-2000 and the Kilgore High School football team from 1998-99.
Mata played quarterback at Kilgore High (Texas) where he was a two-time First-Team, All-District selection and District Offensive MVP in 1996, and a basketball standout at Kilgore from 1994-97, Mata continued his football career at Houston as a wide receiver from 1997-98.
He earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology/sports administration from Houston in 2003 and is working toward a master's degree in the same field.
A native of Overton, Texas, Mata and his wife, the former Mindee Wortham, reside in Dickinson. The couple celebrated the birth of their first child, Andon Price, in May, 2004, and their second, Cate-Lynn Isabella, in January, 2007.