The longest tenured full-time assistant coach at TCU, Mike Schultz is in his 11th season with the Horned Frogs and eighth as offensive coordinator. He also serves as the quarterbacks coach.
Upon his arrival at TCU in 1998, Schultz served three seasons as the running game coordinator and running backs coach. He tutored LaDainian Tomlinson in his final three years with the Frogs.
When Gary Patterson was named head coach in December 2000, Schultz became TCU's offensive coordinator. He doubled as the running backs coach until moving to quarterbacks prior to the 2007 campaign.
The 2008 season has seen TCU set single-season school records for points scored (437) and touchdowns (56). The Frogs lead the nation in time of possession (35:10) and are 12th nationally in team rushing (220.2 yards per game) despite not having a player among the top 95 individually. The 220.2 yards per game rushing is the highest total at TCU since 2000.
The Frogs are second in the Mountain West Conference in total offense (421.3 yards per game) and third in scoring offense (33.6 points per game). TCU's average of 421.3 yards per game is its best mark since 2004 (430.7). TCU totaled at least 410 yards of offense in nine of 13 games.
TCU has scored in 41 of 52 quarters (78.8 percent) this season. Only 13 teams nationally have scored in a higher percentage of quarters than the Frogs.
Wide receiver Jimmy Young has 988 receiving yards for the second-best total in TCU history. His 59 receptions are the most by a Frog since 2004.
In 2007, Schultz helped mentor Frog signal caller Andy Dalton to Freshman All-America honors. Dalton set single-season TCU records for pass completions (222) and attempts (371) while placing second in yards (2,459) and fourth in completion percentage (59.8).
Four of the five highest-scoring teams in TCU history have come under Schultz's direction. Four of the top-five single-season touchdown totals by TCU have come in the last five years.
Two of TCU's top-three games in total offense are under Schultz. The Frogs had a school-record 782 yards versus Houston in 2003 and a 694-yard effort at San Diego State in 2007 to rank third.
Since Schultz's arrival in 1998, the TCU running game has consistently been among the best in the nation. The 2006 team ranked ninth in rushing (194.6 yards per game) and 17th in total offense (408.5 ypg.).
During his time as running backs coach, Schultz made a habit of developing young players at the position.
Prior to Aaron Brown receiving 2005 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year honors as a true freshman, Lonta Hobbs and Robert Merrill became the only two freshmen in TCU history to rush for 1,000 yards. The duo accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons (Hobbs 2002, Merrill 2003).
Schultz tutored a 1,000-yard rusher five times at TCU - with Basil Mitchell, Tomlinson (twice), Hobbs and Merrill each earning that distinction. Prior to Schultz's arrival, TCU had boasted just four 1,000-yard rushers in more than 100 years of college football.
Under the direction of Schultz, Tomlinson was a two-time NCAA rushing champ, leading the country with 1,850 yards in 1999 and a school record 2,158 in 2000. He earned All-America honors, was a Heisman Trophy finalist and the winner of the Doak Walker National Running Back Award. With Tomlinson leading the way, the 2000 Frogs ranked fourth in the nation, averaging 275.6 rushing yards per game. Tomlinson parlayed his success into a top-five draft pick and a standout NFL career, which includes 2006 MVP honors.
The Frogs can do more than just run the ball. In 2003, TCU was one of just six schools to average over 200 yards rushing and 200 passing per game. The following year, the Frogs ranked among the nation's top-20 teams in scoring, total offense and passing offense. The 362 points scored tied for the second-highest total in school history, while the 48 touchdowns were just one shy of the school record set in 2005. TCU also recorded three of the top-11 passing games in school history during the 2004 campaign.
Schultz served six seasons at New Mexico, the first four as the assistant head coach and secondary coach and the final two as the assistant head coach and running backs coach.
The Houston native began his coaching career at his alma mater, Sam Houston State, in 1979. Schultz then assisted at UTEP and Kansas State. His next stops were with Fred Akers' staff at Texas for one season (1985) and three years at Round Rock (Texas) Westwood High School as an assistant.
Schultz and his wife, Cindy, have three daughters: Taylor, Kendall and Jordan.
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