Chris Del Conte
Ed and Rae Schollmaier provide a lead commitment of $10 million
Former Frog Club director now associate vice chancellor and associate athletics director for development
Aggreement is a 12-year extension.
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Photos from the announcement of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena on Thursday, July 30, 2015.
Chris Del Conte was appointed TCU's director of intercollegiate athletics in October 2009. Since his arrival on campus, Del Conte has overseen a series of historic moments in TCU's athletics history that include the Horned Frogs' July 1, 2012 entrance into the Big 12 Conference and nearly $300 million in construction projects that are all donor funded.
A new $164 million Amon G. Carter Stadium debuted in September 2012, while a $72 million renovation of TCU's longtime basketball facility saw the opening of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena in December 2015. Most recently, a $7.5 million project at Charles and Marie Lupton Baseball Stadium at Williams-Reilly Field, completed in February 2016, saw the creation of a new locker room, classroom, team lounge, sports medicine center, equipment room, alumni locker room and coaches' offices as well as a new video board. A new locker room facility will open in Fall 2016 for the volleyball program.
Other facility projects under Del Conte include the Horned Frogs opening a new football locker room, sports medicine center and equipment room in 2012. Within the sports medicine center, TCU became the first school in the nation to have its own cryo sauna. There was also a Spring 2011 expansion of baseball's Lupton Stadium, the Fall 2011 debut of the Bob Lilly Physical Performance Center and the Fall 2014 opening of the Alice and Brad Cunningham Nutrition Stand. Almost $6 million combined contributed to the August 2010 completion of the Jane Justin Fieldhouse at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium and the Fall 2014 opening of the G. Malcolm Louden Player Development Center for Baseball.
The momentum around TCU is evident in its donor support. The 2016 fiscal year saw a new record-breaking Frog Club Annual Giving total of $13,070,577 with $39,940,220 in overall athletic giving. The $39.9 million in cash giving ranked third all-time in TCU's history for athletic fundraising ($47 million in fiscal year 2013; $40.4 million in fiscal year 2014). It maintained a five-year average of over $40 million in cash giving per year. This figure is the highest for all Big 12 members during that time period. For the fourth straight year, and just the fourth time ever, TCU covered its annual scholarship bill through donations to the Frog Club.
The partnership between TCU, Fort Worth and the Metroplex has never been more evident. In 2016, a sellout of football season tickets occurred for the fourth time in five seasons. Football, baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, soccer, men's tennis, track and field and volleyball have set either season ticket or attendance records in the last four years.
The Horned Frogs' success story extends to the classroom. In Spring 2016, TCU student-athletes posted a cumulative grade-point average of more than 3.0 for its highest mark on record. Eighty-eight student-athletes earned degrees in 2015-16.
Under Del Conte, five TCU head coaches (Gary Patterson, football; Jim Schlossnagle, baseball; Karen Monez, rifle; David Roditi, men's tennis; Haley Schoolfield, equestrian) have been named National Coach of the Year in their respective sports. Jamie Dixon, hired in March 2016 as head men's basketball coach, received National Coach of the Year accolades at Pittsburgh.
In its opening four years of Big 12 play, TCU has won conference team championships in football, baseball and men's tennis. Overall, during Del Conte's time on campus, nine sports have captured league titles (baseball, women's basketball, football, women's golf, men's swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's indoor and outdoor track and field). The Horned Frogs have twice established a single-season school record with six conference championships. Sixteen sports have been represented in NCAA postseason play with 12 teams nationally ranked. The 2015-16 athletics season saw five sports (football, baseball, men's tennis, rifle, equestrian) finish in the top 10 with two others (men's golf, men's indoor track and field) in the top 20. Baseball reached the College World Series for the third straight season, making TCU the only school nationally with football in the top 10 and baseball in the CWS. Football defeated Oregon 47-41 in triple overtime at the Valero Alamo Bowl, tying for the largest comeback in bowl history and the second-largest ever in an FBS game. Rifle and equestrian were national runners-up, while Ronnie Baker repeated as the NCAA's indoor track and field champion in the 60 meters.
In 2014-15, TCU won its first Big 12 football championship in just its third season in the conference. The Horned Frogs finished third in season-ending polls after defeating Ole Miss, 42-3, in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The TCU baseball team captured the Big 12 regular-season championship and made its second-straight College World Series appearance and third in six seasons. Men's tennis reached the Final Four, rifle finished third in the nation and men's golf was 10th at the NCAA Championships. Baker won the NCAA indoor championship in the 60 meters, while the 4x100 outdoor relay team finished second in the nation. Twelve sports reached postseason play.
The 2013-14 athletics campaign saw TCU total six team or individual Big 12 championships in addition to track and field's Lorraine Ugen winning the NCAA indoor title in the women's long jump.
TCU captured three national championships in 2012-13. Rifle won the NCAA smallbore title, while Ugen (women's long jump) and Charles Silmon (men's 100 meters) were individual winners at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
In Del Conte's first two years at TCU, the Horned Frogs' football program made two straight BCS appearances that included a 21-19 win over Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl. Additionally, the Horned Frog baseball team reached the College World Series for the first time in program history in 2010, and the rifle team won the 2010 and 2012 NCAA national championship. In 2009-10, TCU was the only school in the nation to play in a BCS game and win at least one game at the CWS.
Del Conte was the recipient of a 2015 NACDA Under Armour AD of the Year Award and the 2010 Bobby Dodd Division I-A Athletic Director's Award. In February 2015, he was named to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Committee.
During his tenure at Rice, Del Conte had responsibility for 16 intercollegiate programs, 350 student-athletes, along with coaches and staff. Del Conte also designed, developed and managed the Rice Vision for the Second Century Campaign, which raised over $90 million. The Second Century Campaign included athletic facilities such as the Tudor Fieldhouse and Youngkin Center for Student-Athlete Excellence as well as upgrades to the football stadium. Del Conte also secured a marketing sponsorship and broadcast rights contract for Rice and maintained a focus on student-athlete academic achievement, resulting in numerous public recognition awards from the NCAA for the academic progress rate of student-athletes.
Prior to Rice, Del Conte was the senior associate athletics director for external operations and sports programs at the University of Arizona (2000-06). In that role, Del Conte had responsibility for the planning, management and oversight of the day-to-day operation for the department of intercollegiate athletics. He also functioned as the chief financial officer; managed external operations; had oversight and management of all contracts, ticket sales, broadcast rights fees, corporate sponsorships, and trademarks and licensing; and oversight of all facility construction.
Del Conte also served as an assistant athletics director for external operations at both Washington State (1998-99) and Cal Poly (1994-98).
Del Conte served on the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and currently assists with the Davey O'Brien Foundation Board, the National Sports Marketing Network Board and the Collegiate Sports Summit. His other professional committee involvement and associations include the Division I-A Athletics Directors Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Del Conte received a bachelor's of arts degree in sociology from UC Santa Barbara, where he was a track and field student-athlete, and a master's of education, administration and supervision from Washington State.
Del Conte is married to Dr. Robin Ward and has two daughters.
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