Aug. 7, 2013
A GREAT COMMITMENT
We can't thank Ricky and Keri Stuart enough for continuing the momentum on our Daniel-Meyer Coliseum renovation campaign! The Stuarts' recent major gift commitment speaks volumes of their loyal support of TCU. All necessary funds for this project must be raised by November for us to begin the renovation in March. If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Frog Club office at (817) 257-7700. Thanks to Ricky, Keri and son Trey for being great Frogs and helping our dreams become reality!
IT'S A RECORD!
For the second straight year, we have a new record and sellout of football season tickets! This year's number is 31,636. Last year's mark was 31,282. We truly appreciate the incredible support of the TCU Nation in making this possible!
CHECK THE MAILBOX
Football season tickets will be mailed at the close of this week. Following the Aug. 31 Cowboys Classic with LSU at AT&T Stadium, our home opener is Sept. 7 versus Southeastern Louisiana at 11 a.m.
It's great to have our soccer and volleyball student-athletes back on campus. Practice for both programs began today. Football has been at it since last week. In case you missed it, we've been ranked 20th in the Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll.
Congratulations to former TCU women's golfer Angela Stanford on earning her fifth career spot with the United States team at the Solheim Cup, which will take place Aug. 16-18 in Parker, Colo. It's great to see former student-athletes representing TCU on a world stage.
PAINTING THE TOWN PURPLE
Keep an eye out for Aug. 19 when our street banners will blanket pockets of Fort Worth. In case you haven't been by the Hulen Mall lately, please note the below photo of our inside banner.
Please join me in welcoming Brian Coutras, our new assistant athletics director for equipment, to TCU. Brian joins us from UAB, where he served the last six years as head equipment manager. Prior to UAB, Brian worked as the athletics director at North Laurel High School in London, Ky. He also has equipment room experience at Marshall and Indiana. While with the Thundering Herd, he also filled the role of director of football operations. Brian is a graduate of Middle Tennessee. He and his wife, Trisha, have three children: Claire, Andrew and Callie.
BIG 12 CORNER
The Big 12 has led the nation in women's basketball conference RPI the last six seasons. The Big 12 has also been No. 1 in the nation in women's basketball attendance the last 13 years.
MEET THE STAFF
Joan Owens has been a longtime fixture in our men's basketball program. Now in her 16th year as an administrative assistant, she has worked with four head coaches. Joan is a native of Rockwell City, Iowa. She and her husband, Warren, have four kids and four grandchildren. Three of her kids are TCU graduates while one has his degree from USC. When she's not found at her desk in the Schollmaier Basketball Complex or in the stands in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum rooting for the Horned Frogs, Joan enjoys traveling.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Former TCU men's golfer Jordan Woolf '09 took an interesting path to head coach Bill Montigel's program. A standout high school baseball player, Jordan came to TCU and walked on to the men's golf team in 2005. After a redshirt season, he went on to play in every tournament his junior year. After graduation with a degree in finance with a real estate emphasis, his hard work paid off again. In a few short years, he helped start Conifer Real Estate, a real estate development company specializing in fast food and grocery anchored shopping centers. He also partnered as a franchisee and co-owner of five soon-to-be Chicken Express restaurants in the Metroplex, including one just down the road from TCU on Berry Street. Jordan is married to TCU alum Lauren Woolf. They have a 16-month-old son Nolan and are expecting another child in December. Jordan's brother, Travis, also played golf at TCU and graduated in 2010.
SPANNING THE GLOBE
In this week's edition of the Horned Frogs Nation showing their pride from all points worldwide, we see Wes Phelan at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, during an Australian Rules football game between Melbourne and North Melbourne. If you have some great images to share, please email them my way.
NAME THE MOVIE QUOTE
Last Week's Answer: Randy Quaid, as Cousin Eddie in Vegas Vacation, said, "It's Wayne Newton! Can I be your bodyguard?"
This Week's Quote: "He went from totally geek to totally chic!" Make sure to check back next week for the answer.
The NCAA legislation states that student-athletes cannot receive a benefit, gift or service that is not available to a member of the general population. This is the definition of an extra benefit. Student-athletes are educated throughout the year on what items or services might or might not violate this legislation. A business that runs specials (e.g. 2-for-1 meals) may give the same deal to student-athletes as long as the deciding criteria for an individual receiving this deal is not their athletics status. For example, a business wishing to hold a promotion where all TCU freshmen receive a buy-one-get-one free special may give this deal to student-athletes as long as those student-athletes are freshmen at TCU.
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
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics