Notes On A Scorecard
April 11, 2012
WELCOME COACH JOHNSON
Please join me in welcoming new head men's basketball coach Trent Johnson to the TCU family. Trent will be a great fit for us and is a proven winner. In his 13 years as a head coach, he’s taken eight teams to postseason play, including five NCAA Tournament appearances. Both Nevada and Stanford reached the Sweet 16 under Coach Johnson. He has been the conference coach of the year in the WAC, Pac-10 and SEC. We’re very excited to have Trent on board, and he’s already hitting the recruiting trail.
SEAT SELECTION UPDATE
We’re nearing the midway point of reseating Amon G. Carter Stadium. Almost 2,600 of the 6,000 accounts have been processed. We’re currently at just over 13,000 tickets sold with an average of slightly more than five tickets per account.
A LOOK AT SEASON-TICKET NUMBERS
I thought you would enjoy seeing the season-ticket chart below. It really provides a great example of how much our fan base has grown. We show sample years from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago plus the high and low from each decade. Also included are the last 10 years. In 2009, we were at 13,756 season tickets sold. As you are aware, the goal for this fall is 30,000 season tickets in our 45,000-seat stadium. It’s truly a remarkable jump and speaks volumes of the momentum in our football program under head coach Gary Patterson.
ON THE CONSTRUCTION FRONT
Our new football locker room in the Walsh Complex continues to come together. The locker bases will be installed at the end of the week with the painting beginning soon. Everything is on target to be completed before camp starts in August. We’re also doing well with all the construction in Amon G. Carter Stadium. Work is continuing at a rapid pace.
I have a tremendous appreciation for all my predecessors who set the table for TCU to be in its current position. It was very exciting to see Frank Windegger’s contribution to TCU and intercollegiate athletics recently recognized with his selection as the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Corbett Award from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Congratulations to head coach Dave Borelli and our women’s tennis student-athletes on clinching a share of the Mountain West championship. They are 6-0 in the league and can claim the outright title with a win Saturday at 10 a.m. at home versus New Mexico. We are 14-5 overall and have already surpassed our win total from last season.
We have a $5 Friday Online Special taking place for baseball. This Friday only, fans can go online to GoFrogs.com and purchase $5 tickets to any of the remaining home baseball games. This special ends at 5 p.m. Friday. Also, Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. home game with Louisiana-Monroe is $1 Day. We’ll have $1 hot dogs, $1 popcorn and $1 drinks all game long.
ON THE DOCKET
In between meetings with our Board of Trustees later this week, I’m hopeful of heading to Waco to support our equestrian program as it makes its sixth consecutive appearance at the national championships. Baseball continues its season-long 12-game homestand tonight when it hosts UTA at 6:30. Conference play resumes this weekend when Air Force comes to Lupton Stadium for a three-game series. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Saturday is Military Appreciation Day with free admission to all those with a Military ID and discounted tickets for friends and family with them. Make sure to come early for pre-game ceremonies, including a flyover. With four matches in three days, we’ll also have plenty of tennis action for you at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. It all begins Friday night when our men host Boise State at 5:30. On Saturday, our women will look to claim an outright Mountain West championship when they host New Mexico at 10 a.m. Sunday will feature a doubleheader with the men facing Air Force at 10 a.m. and the women taking on Rice at 2 p.m. Our track and field program will also be in competition this weekend as it heads to Athens, Ga., for a meet at the University of Georgia.
During a prospect’s visit to campus (official or unofficial), he/she may participate in physical workouts or other recreational activities, provided the activities are not organized or observed by members of the athletics department coaching staff and are not designed to test the athletics abilities of the prospect. Recently, the NCAA issued an interpretation which states that during an official or unofficial visit, a prospect may participate in recreational activities in a facility that is not open to the general public (e.g., campus recreation center, golf course, swimming pool), provided the activities are not organized or observed by members of the athletics department coaching staff (including strength and conditioning coaches) and are not designed to test the athletics abilities of the prospect.
KEEP IN TOUCH
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.
Christopher M. Del Conte