Schlossnagle inks extension through 2014
Sept. 5, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU Athletic Director Danny Morrison has announced that baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle has agreed to a contract extension through 2014. Schlossnagle has taken the Horned Frogs to four straight NCAA Regionals and won six conference titles (two regular season and four tournament championships) in his four seasons as the head of the program. His 2007 squad finished the season ranked in the Top 25 after a record-setting 48-14 season.
"We are delighted to announce a contract extension with Coach Schlossnagle," Morrison said. "He has done a terrific job at TCU and is widely regarded as one of the top coaches in the nation. It's great that Coach Schlossnagle has made the commitment to be here for many years, and we continue to be excited about the momentum in the program under his superb leadership."
"I am very grateful to Chancellor (Victor) Boschini and Dr. Morrison for their continued strong commitment to my family, our coaching staff and the TCU baseball program," said Schlossnagle. "We love the TCU and Fort Worth community and look forward to continuing to move the program forward among the nation's elite."
Schlossnagle has won more games (167) in four years than any coach in TCU history after posting the top four win totals each of the last four years. He is 167-84 (.665) as the head coach at TCU and 244-131 (.651) in six years as a head coach.
On July 9, 2003, Schlossnagle became just the ninth coach since 1940. Along with his staff, they set the stage for many successful seasons with their recruiting ability. His first recruiting class at TCU saw four players drafted. All but one of the draftees made it on campus for the Frogs. Baseball America ranked the 2005 recruiting class as the third best in the nation. The 2006 recruiting class also brought national recognition, this time in the form of a No. 21 ranking by Collegiate Baseball.
In his first campaign, Schlossnagle's squad established a new record for wins in a season with 39 and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994. The 2005 season saw the program reach the 40-win plateau for the first time in school history after a 41-20 season and their second straight tournament appearance.
The transition to the Mountain West has seen the Frogs claim back-to-back regular season and tournament championships. The success of the Horned Frogs has earned Schlossnagle two consecutive Coach of the Year honors, a distinction he has held three times in just six years of being a head coach.
The 2007 season produced the most successful campaign in school history. Picked to win the regular season title for the second consecutive season, the Horned Frogs didn't disappoint. After a 6-4 start through the first 10 games, the Frogs went 42-10 in their final 52 contests. Along the way, TCU claimed the regular season crown with a 20-3 mark in league action. Another sweep through the conference tournament landed the Frogs their fourth straight tournament crown and TCU's fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Frogs advanced to the championship game of the Houston Regional, succumbing to eventual College World Series participant, Rice, 3-1.
Schlossnagle's squad captured numerous accolades along the way as 11 members were selected all-Mountain West Conference. A school-record seven Frogs were picked in Major League Baseball's First Year Player Draft in early June, bringing the total number of Frogs drafted under his watch to 16.
The 2006 season also brought another honor as he was selected as an assistant coach for Team USA. Along side former Horned 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. This honor was a result of a successful five seasons as a head coach.
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.