Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

March 6, 2013

Congratulations to men’s swimmer Cooper Robinson on his Big 12 title in the 200 back at this past weekend’s Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin. Combined with track and field’s Chaniqua Corinealdi and Charles Silmon, we’ve now had three Big 12 champions in the last two weeks.


Football season is just around the corner. In a way, though, it’s actually here right now as we’ve had four spring practices thus far. Coach Patterson has been pleased with the way we’ve competed. You might have also seen the news from Tuesday that our Aug. 31 season opener with LSU in the Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium will have an 8 p.m. kickoff and be televised on ESPN.

Celebration Texas


Our very young women’s basketball team has truly shown signs of coming together this season. A 61-58 win over No. 21 Iowa State on Saturday marked its second victory in 10 days over a top-25 opponent. We begin play Friday at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, taking on Kansas at 8:30 p.m.



A good number of you have asked about our Horned Frog statue in Frog Alley. It is now set to be installed the week of March 11, providing a nice surprise for our students when they return from Spring Break.

Golf’s greatest tradition, The Masters, is just five weeks away and TCU’s own Masters champion, Charles Coody, will be on hand at the 16th-Annual Charles Coody Classic on Monday, April 1, at Texas Star Golf Club in Euless. Presented by the TCU Lettermen’s Association, the tournament benefits scholarships for our student-athletes. Sponsorship packages are available and every player receives a great gift package, which includes two tickets to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Sign up today at or call (817) 257-7700.


$1 DAY
Our baseball team is in the midst of a nine-game homestand. Next Wednesday’s 2 p.m. contest versus Northwestern State will be $1 Day! All tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be just $1. Make sure to bring the family out for a fun activity over Spring Break. While we would never condone playing hooky from the office, this might also be a nice way for you and your co-workers to enjoy a beautiful afternoon at the ballpark.


If you’ve dropped by Amon G. Carter Stadium recently, I'm sure you noticed that work on our field continues. We’re still installing the new drainage system. You’ll start to see the new grass appearing in early May.

Congratulations to the former Lindsay Shoulders and now Lindsay Westbrook on her wedding this past Saturday to husband Bret! Lindsay is our spirit coordinator and does an outstanding job working with our Showgirls, cheerleaders and SuperFrog.

How’s this for a full day for the Horned Frogs! We could have as many as 12 sports in action on Saturday. We have four home events with women’s tennis taking on Wichita State and men’s tennis facing North Carolina at 1 p.m., baseball versus Pacific at 2 p.m. and men’s basketball having its Senior Day with Oklahoma at 4 p.m. in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Baseball’s series with Pacific opens with a Friday 6:30 p.m. game and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.

Women’s basketball begins play at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Friday night versus Kansas. The tip is set for 8:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Our rifle program will be at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend as we look for a second straight national championship and third in four years. Charles Silmon (60 meters), Chaniqua Corinealdi (60 meters) and Lorraine Ugen (long jump) will represent our men’s and women’s track and field program at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Men’s and women’s golf will compete at events in California and South Carolina, respectively. Equestrian has a pair of competitions in Delaware, while men’s swimming and diving will be represented at the All-American Meet in Austin.


Judy Golden is one of those unsung heroes in our department. About to enter her 16th year at TCU, Judy is an assistant director in our athletics academic services office. She works directly with our baseball, rifle, swimming and diving and women’s golf programs. Judy also coordinates our summer orientation for incoming student-athletes. Born in Wyoming, Judy lived in Colorado before settling in Amarillo, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech and earned her master’s degree from TCU. Judy and her husband, Mark, have two children and two grandchildren.

Former women’s basketball player Lorie Butler-Rayford (2004-08) was a key part of three NCAA Tournament teams and a total of four squads that reached the postseason. The Inglewood, Calif., native is one of only three players in our program’s history to score 30 points and grab 15 rebounds in a game. She twice led us in rebounding and still ranks third all-time in boards and 12th in scoring. She is currently a recreation programmer for youth sports for the city of Fort Worth.


This week’s edition of TCU supporters flashing the Horned Frog sign and apparel from all points worldwide comes from Dick Coffey. While visiting China, Dick came across a local lady wearing a TCU hat. It turns out her son graduated from TCU back in the late 70s. Please continue to send me ( your images. These are fun to share.



Last Week's Answer: It was Jack Nicholson, in his classic role as Col. Nathan R. Jessup in A Few Good Men, who said, “You want me on that wall, you need me on that wall.”

This Week's Quote: “You’re killing me Smalls!” Check back next week for the answer on which movie this line is from.


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Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding our program. This is also your program and we value your feedback. We welcome all calls and emails.

Go Frogs!

Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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