TCU Horned Frogs
Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Chris Del Conte

Oct. 31, 2012

Our home football game next Saturday, Nov. 10, versus Kansas State is sold out. We’ll have the kickoff time either late Saturday night or Sunday morning. Standing room only tickets will go on sale Monday, Nov. 5, at 8 a.m. To purchase these tickets, please go online at, call (817) 257-FROG (3764) or stop by the ticket office located inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.


Make sure to get your black attire ready for next Saturday. We will have a blackout for the Kansas State game as part of our Frogs for the Cure “TCU Blacks Out Cancer.”

We will soon be debuting a new Frog Club website that we believe you’ll truly enjoy. Among the many new features will be a points calculator that will allow you to always know your up-to-date ranking in our Horned Frog Priority Points System.

Hoops season is definitely here! Men’s and women’s basketball season tickets were mailed this week. As a reminder, single-game tickets for non-conference games will go on sale Nov. 9 and tickets for Big 12 games will be made available Dec. 15. Our men open the season with a Nov. 9 home contest versus Cal Poly, while our women have a Nov. 7 exhibition game against East Central before the Nov. 14 opener with Charlotte in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.


We had a great night Sunday in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with our annual Tip-Off Dinner. We very much appreciate all of you who made it as well as the outstanding involvement by our students. The highlight for many of us was seeing Trent Johnson, our new head men’s basketball coach, writing a $1,000 check out of his own pocket for the student who won a shooting challenge.



A special tip of the cap to our women’s swimming and diving program on winning the Rice Invitational in Houston this past weekend. We also send congratulations to cross country’s Agnes Kemboi on being our first All-Big 12 honoree.



If you’re not tied up with trick-or-treaters tonight, we look forward to seeing you at 7 p.m. for our home volleyball match versus Texas. Make sure you arrive early if you plan on going. We’re expecting a sellout in the Rec Center. The match will be televised on ESPNU. Before we face West Virginia in football on Saturday, we’ll take on the Mountaineers in San Antonio tonight at 5:30 in a first-round contest at the Big 12 Women's Soccer Championship. You can listen to the match live on KTCU 88.7 FM. If you’re not making the trip to Morgantown, you can watch our football game at West Virginia on FOX at 2 p.m. Our national champion rifle program will host Memphis on Saturday, while equestrian has a pair of Big 12 contests at Kansas State and Oklahoma State. Swimming and diving will head to Lawrence, Kan. The women will face Kansas, while the men will compete against North Dakota. Men’s and women’s tennis will also be in competition with tournaments this weekend.



Please join me today at 3:30 p.m. for our next online chat on You can submit your questions in advance here. We’ll talk about whatever is on your mind.


One of the more popular members of our athletics program is assistant athletics trainer Valerie Hairston. Val, who always has a smile on her face, is now in her fifth year at TCU. She works directly with our women’s basketball and rifle programs, while assisting with football and other sports. In addition to preventing and treating injuries, Val is our insurance coordinator for student-athletes. Born in Hamburg, Pa., Val grew up in Houston and is a 2003 graduate of Texas Tech. She was at Villanova before arriving at TCU. Val’s husband, E.J., is also an athletics trainer, working with the men’s basketball team at North Texas.



As our track and field program, the Flyin’ Frogs, thrived in the late 1990s, Bryan Howard played a key role as the leadoff sprinter on many TCU national record-setting 4x100 relays, including the 1998 NCAA mark. Today, the 13-time All-American is Northwest Director of Sales and Marketing for LexisNexis,,, Martindale-Hubbell and He does motivational speaking for Fortune 100 companies and today’s youth. Bryan and his wife, Crystal, have two sons and live in Cerritos, Calif.



This week’s edition of TCU supporters flashing the Horned Frog sign and apparel from all points worldwide comes from David Prehn ’73 of Corpus Christi. We see David and his granddaughter, Kaylee Daniels, on the Road to Hana on the island of Maui this summer. Please continue to send me ( your images of TCU pride.



Only countable coaches may recruit for TCU. Therefore, TCU’s representatives of athletics interest (e.g. boosters, alumni and staff members) may not recruit for TCU’s athletics department. This includes but is not limited to contacting prospective student-athletes, either in-person, by phone, text message or email. A representative of athletics interest may speak with a prospect via a telephone call only if the prospect initiates the call and the call is not for recruiting purposes. Under such circumstances, the representative must refer questions about TCU Athletics to the appropriate coaching staff. An athletics representative may also view a prospect’s athletics contest on his or her own initiative, subject to the understanding that he or she may not contact the prospect on such occasions. 


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