Group of 12 ranked eighth nationally
Team returns 22 letterwinners from a year ago
Fourth year coach serves as the recruiting coordinator
Coaching duo have helped lead TCU to three CWS appearances
Honor is second of his career
TCU dropped a 7-1 decision in game two of the NCAA College Station Super Regional.
Photos by Patrick Green & Michael Clements
Photos by Patrick Green & Michael Clements
TCU got a 10th inning home run from Luken Baker to win its second Big 12 Championship!
TCU and Texas met in the first of two games on Saturday.
Coach Schlossnagle can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 9, 2003, a new era in TCU baseball began as Jim Schlossnagle became just the program's ninth coach since 1940.
The outstanding work Schlossnagle has done since his arrival was rewarded in the summer of 2016 as the head coach inked a contract extension for the foreseeable future.
"Jim Schlossnagle defines what TCU is about," TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte said. "He has done a phenomenal job in representing our institution and making our baseball program an important part of the Fort Worth community. While his success on the diamond speaks for itself, Jim has been the ultimate team player. He has the big picture in mind for TCU and Fort Worth. His honor of being selected as Team USA's coach in 2013 shows the respect level he has nationally. We are very excited to know we have Coach Schlossnagle guiding our baseball program for many more years to come.
"Everything about Jim is first class. He simply does things the right way."
Schlossnagle became TCU's all-time winningest coach with a 5-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Feb. 21, surpassing the legendary TCU head coach Lance Broadway. Over the course of his 13 seasons at the helm, he has posted the top 12 win totals in school history. He is 565-254 (.689) as the head coach at TCU and 642-301 (.680) in 15 years as a head coach.
"I am continually thankful to Mr. (Chris) Del Conte and Chancellor (Victor) Boschini for not only giving me the opportunity to be at TCU, but for their continued commitment to our baseball program and its student-athletes," Schlossnagle said. "It is very rare in my profession to find the perfect combination of a university that is committed to excellence across the board, a city that, for me, is the best place to live in our country and a fan base and support group that has allowed our program to become extremely relevant in the community.
"My family and I love TCU and Fort Worth and look forward to continuing to grow this program."
During his tenure at TCU, Schlossnagle has raised the program to new heights. His efforts have not gone unnoticed at the national level and in the fall of 2012 USA Baseball tabbed him the 2013 Collegiate National Team head coach. It marked his second stint with the national team as he served as an assistant coach in 2006. Twice he has been named the National Coach of the Year, earning the honor from the NCBWA in 2010 as well as being selected by Baseball America as the 2016 National Coach of the Year.
The vision Schlossnagle had when he was hired at TCU in the summer of the 2003 has come to fruition in two of the last three seasons. In 2014, TCU earned its first-ever national seed and hosted both the NCAA Fort Worth Regional and the NCAA Fort Worth Super Regional. The 2015 squad followed a similar path, both resulting in an appearance in the College World Series.
A different challenge presented itself in 2016 as Schlossnagle led a roster full of new faces back to Omaha. The group hosted a regional for the third straight year before taking down No. 4 National Seed, Texas A&M, in the College Station Super Regional. TCU is one of just two programs nationally to have appeared in four of the last seven College World Series and the only one to play in three straight.
In 2016, Schlossnagle proved no task was too hard to accomplish. After the departure of 10 players from the 2015 team, Schlossnagle and company guided a fresh group of youngsters back to Omaha. The path was not easy as the Frogs over came a mid-season slump, heating up at the right time. The Frogs claimed the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship title, hosted an NCAA Regional and won a road Super Regional for the second time in program history. When all was said and done, TCU finished the season with a 49-18 record was the unanimous No. 3 team in the final polls.
Freshmen were a big part of TCU's success as Luken Baker, the 2016 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and 2nd-team All-American, led a quartet of freshmen to Freshman All-American honors.
Led by an experienced-laden team in 2015, the Frogs produced the program's second 50-win season, posting an overall record of 51-15. Along the way, the Frogs captured the university's first-ever outright team championship, winning the Big 12 with a record of 18-5. TCU was battle-tested in the postseason, coming out of the loser's bracket in the Regional before winning game three of the Super Regional in 16 innings to advance to the CWS.
Cody Jones became the first Horned Frog under Schlossnagle's tutelage to earn Player of the Year honors, while Connor Wanhanen provided hope for the future, earning Freshman of the Year accolades. For the eighth time in his career, Schlossnagle was selected as the league's Coach of the Year. In all, 14 Horned Frogs earned all-conference accolades. A school-record four players ( Ferrell, Cody Jones, Morrison and Young) earned All-American honors. TCU also tied a school-record as eight players were drafted, led by a pair of second round picks in Young (43) and Alexander (65).
The 2014 squad took to heart the lessons learned after a disappointing 2013 season and reached new heights as they made history. After a 15-12 start to the campaign, the squad went on an impressive run that saw them reel off 33 wins in their final 39 games of the season. Along the way, they rebounded from a 2-4 start in league play to finish second in the regular season standings. The group sailed through the Big 12 Postseason Tournament to claim the university's first Big 12 Championship.
NCAA postseason play kicked off with a bang as TCU was awarded its first-ever national seed, earning the right to host both an NCAA Regional and an NCAA Super Regional. TCU swept through the regional and hosted its first-ever Super Regional. A thrilling three-game series against Pepperdine was capped by a 6-5 come-from-behind victory giving the program its second appearance in the College World Series.
TCU finished the season with a 48-18 mark. Morrison was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, while 11 other Horned Frogs earned all-conference accolades. Finnegan headlined a group of six players drafted as he became the third-ever first-round draft pick. The trio of Morrison, Finnegan and Ferrell each earned All-American accolades, while Tyler Alexander was named a Freshman All-American.
The 2012-13 season marked a new era in TCU Athletics with the move to the Big 12. Additionally, the Frogs non-conference schedule was one of the most difficult in the country as the Horned Frogs played 19 contests against teams that went on to participate in the NCAA tournament. Schlossnagle's squad met the challenges head on and posted their 10th winning season under his tutelage.
Jantzen Witte was named the Big 12 Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, headlining a group of seven Horned Frogs that were honored by the league coaches. Morrison's dominance on the mound earned him first-team recognition, while Witte and Alex Young were named to the second-team. Three others were named honorable mention all-conference.
In continuing with a trend of producing elite players, six Frogs were selected in the 2013 MLB Draft, while Finnegan, Morrison and Ferrell were named to the 24-man USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster.
A host of challenges met the 2012 squad as an influx of youth took over the diamond and key injuries forced many lineup shuffles. At any given point, the Frogs had at least three freshmen on the field and at times, five. The youth movement didn't slow the Frogs as they captured their seventh straight Mountain West regular season title, sharing the top spot with New Mexico after compiling an 18-6 conference record.
The regular season growth translated to postseason success as the Frogs rallied from a game one loss to Ole Miss in the NCAA College Station Regional to claim the program's first-ever road Regional championship. TCU advanced to its third NCAA Super Regional in the last four years, putting them in elite company as one of only eight schools to hold that distinction.
In all, the 2012 squad put together a 40-22 record. Preston Morrison was tabbed the MW Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, while five others earned all-conference accolades. Additionally, Morrison was tabbed a third-team All-American as well as a Freshman All-American. At the end of the season, the Frogs saw six players drafted.
2011 saw the Horned Frogs continue a trend that started with the 2009 campaign when they were selected to host a regional for the third straight season. That distinction left them in select company as only five other teams had hosted each of the last three seasons.
The honor of hosting came on the heels of a 42-17 regular season that saw the Frogs win their sixth straight regular season crown. TCU dominated the league field, posting a 20-3 record. Ten Frogs were honored as all-conference performers, while Schlossnagle was tabbed MW Coach of the Year for the sixth straight season. TCU finished ranked as high as 17th in the national polls.
Schlossnagle and staff set a new standard in the baseball program when a school-record eight athletes were drafted in the 2011 MLB draft. Additionally, two more signed free-agent contracts to join the professional ranks.
When Schlossnagle was hired in the summer of 2003, he made no secret his goal was to take the TCU baseball program to the top. His vision included conference championships, hosting NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals and taking the Horned Frogs, TCU and the Fort Worth community to the College World Series. That dream was finally realized in 2010.
Schlossnagle delivered on that promise made in July of 2003 when he guided the 2010 team to their first-ever College World Series appearance. Getting there was not easy, but the Frogs did so in record-breaking fashion. TCU finished the season ranked No. 3 unanimously after compiling a school-record 54-14 record and coming within one game of playing for the National Championship.
TCU produced a regular season record of 43-11. Along the way, TCU climbed to the top of the Mountain West, marking their fifth straight league title with a 19-5 record. Prior to the start of the 2010 conference tournament, 10 Frogs were tabbed all-conference performers, while Schlossnagle took home his fifth straight conference Coach of the Year honor.
TCU reclaimed its hold on the conference tournament title with a 3-0 sweep. Following the championship, the Frogs officially set off on the "Road to Omaha" when they were selected as a host site and a No. 1 seed for the second straight season. TCU made quick and easy work of the regional field, defeating Lamar and Arizona before handing Baylor a 9-0 loss to earn a second shot at Texas in the Super Regionals. In what was billed as the best pitching match-up in the nation, the Frogs came out on top, reversing their fortunes from 2009. The Frogs won the opener and rode a dominating pitching performance to a 4-1 victory in the decisive game three all the way to Omaha, Neb.
Instantly a fan favorite, the Frogs didn't disappoint. Schlossnagle guided the Frogs to a 3-2 record in the series, falling a game short of reaching the championship series.
The postseason accolades were many, headlined by the NCBWA selecting Schlossnagle as its National Coach of the Year. Bryan Holaday was tabbed as the 2010 Johnny Bench Award winner and Matt Purke was named the National Freshman of the Year by all major publications. Purke, Holaday and Steven Maxwell were all tabbed as All-Americans.
The program reached new heights in 2009 under Schlossnagle's leadership. One of the nation's most difficult schedules paid dividends as the Frogs earned their first-ever No. 1 seed and hosted a regional. Hosting proved to be just the right combination to propel the Frogs into their first Super Regional after sweeping through the Regional with a win over Wright State and two victories over Oregon State.
TCU finished the campaign with a 40-18 record, its fourth overall and third-straight 40-win season, and came one win away from reaching the College World Series, pushing the national runner-up, Texas, to a decisive third game.
Along the way, the Frogs claimed their fourth straight regular season crown and saw seven members earn all-conference recognition. Schlossnagle took home Coach of the Year honors for the fourth straight season.
After a successful 2007 campaign, the Horned Frogs raised the bar yet again in 2008. Playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation, the Frogs finished the season with a 44-19 record. TCU's marquee series victory of 2008 came against Ole Miss, who was ranked No. 2 at the time. The campaign also saw the MWC tournament played at Lupton Stadium for the first time in school history. The home field advantage propelled the Frogs to their fifth-straight tournament crown, enabling them to sweep the conference titles for the third straight season.
Eight Frogs were named to the all-conference team, while Schlossnagle claimed his third consecutive Coach of the Year award. At the culmination of the season, Schlossnagle saw the second player in school history taken in the first round of the MLB draft as Andrew Cashner was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 19th overall pick. All told, three Frogs were drafted in the first 27 rounds of the 2008 draft.
Each season under Schlossnagle has seen a new milestone achieved and 2007 was no different. For the first time in school history, the Frogs reached the 40-win plateau in the regular season, en route to an amazing 48-14 record. The team tallied two wins in the NCAA tournament for the first time, reaching the regional finals and falling just short against the tournament's No. 2 national seed, Rice.
He also saw an unprecedented 11 athletes earn all-conference recognition as well as earning his second straight conference Coach of the Year crown. This came on the heels of another successful run in the MWC as the Frogs set a new mark for win percentage with a 20-3 (.870) record in league play. The Frogs claimed their second straight regular season crown and fourth consecutive tournament title.
Following the conclusion of the 2007 season, the Frogs had a record number of seven players taken in the MLB Draft.
In 2006, just his third season at TCU, Schlossnagle produced the school's first regular season conference title since 1994 as the team topped the MWC standings with a 17-5 league mark. TCU earned its third straight berth in the NCAA Regionals, becoming one of just 26 schools to appear in the playoffs each of the last three seasons, when it claimed its third consecutive conference tournament crown. It was the second time in his career that he has led a team to both the regular season and tournament titles, having done so in 2003 at UNLV.
His efforts on the bench in 2006 earned him his second career Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year Award. He mentored his second consecutive conference Pitcher of the Year and saw five Frogs earn first-team all-Mountain West accolades and two more garner second-team honors.
2006 also brought another honor as Schlossnagle was selected as an assistant coach for Team USA. Alongside former Frog Jake Arrieta, the duo helped Team USA defend its gold medal as they swept through the FISU World Championships in Cuba. The National Team completed its most successful summer in history as they posted a 28-2-1 (.919) record and won the gold medal on Cuban soil for the first time in the history of USA Baseball.
In his first season, Schlossnagle led the Frogs to a then-school-record 39 wins and to their first appearance in the NCAA Regionals since 1994. He led the squad to the NCAA automatic berth when he coached them to the Conference USA Tournament championship. The tournament championship was the first-ever by a TCU squad.
In 2005, the Frogs posted their second straight successful season under Schlossnagle's tutelage. He led them to a second-consecutive berth in the NCAA Regionals and another conference title. His 2005 team won 41 games, the first-ever 40-win season in school history.
Prior to his time at TCU, Schlossnagle spent two years as head coach of the UNLV baseball program. In just two seasons, the Rebels owned a 77-47 record under Schlossnagle, good for a .621 winning percentage.
Prior to UNLV, Schlossnagle served an eight-year stint at Tulane as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Green Wave. Schlossnagle joined the Tulane program in August of 1993 and was an integral part of the Green Wave's success, helping Tulane to six NCAA Regional appearances during his tenure. Schlossnagle served as the Green Wave recruiting coordinator for the last five years and garnered three nationally ranked recruiting classes which helped produce two 48-win seasons and a number one NCAA Regional seed.
Prior to arriving in New Orleans, Schlossnagle served as the pitching coach at Clemson in 1993. The Tigers finished that campaign with a 45-20 record, an Atlantic Coast Conference championship ¬¬¬and a third place finish in the NCAA Midwest Regional. Seven members of the `93 Clemson pitching staff were drafted into professional baseball.
Schlossnagle spent three seasons as an assistant at Elon (N.C.) College where he helped lead his alma mater to a 99-41 record, two South Atlantic Conference Championships, a District 26 title and an Area 7 Regional appearance.
A native of Hagerstown, Md., Schlossnagle was a pitcher on the 1989 Elon squad that finished 39-7 and appeared in the NAIA World Series. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1992 and earned a master's of education in human performance and health promotion from the University of New Orleans in 1995.
Schlossnagle and his wife, Kami, have a son, Jackson Lambert, and a daughter, Kathleen Grace.
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