Veteran Dick Winder is in his fifth year with the Horned Frogs, having joined the TCU staff as the quarterbacks coach in February 2002.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson has dubbed Winder "the best back-up quarterback coach in the country." In each of the Frogs' three 10-win seasons over the last four years, TCU has seen its starting quarterback injured. In all three cases, the back-up signal caller took over and led the Frogs to double-digit victories.
In 2005, it was Jeff Ballard who came off the bench and produced an 8-0 record as the TCU starter. In the process, Ballard posted the second-best single-season completion percentage (59.9) in school history.
Including Ballard, the top four TCU career completion percentage leaders have played under Winder. The list includes Tye Gunn, Sean Stilley and Brandon Hassell.
Using that two-pronged quarterback system, the Frogs have consistently ranked among the nation's leaders in scoring offense and total offense. The 2005 offensive unit set a single-season school record with 50 touchdowns while posting the second-highest scoring total (398 points) in TCU history.
Winder has been in the coaching profession for 41 years, spending 16 seasons in the high school ranks and 25 at the collegiate level. His extensive coaching background includes 13 years as a high school head coach, nine years as the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech and two seasons as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma.
A native of Salt Lake City who grew up in Craig, Colo., Winder began his coaching career in 1965 as an assistant at Goddard (N.M.) High School. He soon became a high school head coach and eventually built a career that would result in only one losing season in 13 years.
His first taste of collegiate coaching came in 1979 when he was named the offensive backfield and quarterbacks coach at the University of New Mexico. He returned to the high school ranks the following year and remained a prep coach through the 1983 season.
Winder joined the Texas Tech staff for the first time in 1984 as a defensive ends coach. He worked with Red Raiders' running backs in 1985 and defensive ends in 1986 before taking over as Tech's offensive coordinator in 1987. In his nine seasons leading the Texas Tech offensive unit, the Red Raiders established 59 school records and scored 300 or more points in a season seven times. He served as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma from 1996-97, then returned to Texas Tech as the receivers coach in 1998 and 1999 before taking a position at Tarleton State.
An all-state football and basketball player in high school, Winder claimed All-America accolades as a tight end at Mesa (Colo.) Community College. He went on to play tight end at Utah State, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1964. He earned his master's degree at Colorado State in 1965. He was inducted into the Mesa College Hall of Fame in 2003.
Winder is married to Vicki, has two grown children, Greg and Peri-Ann, and two granddaughters, Presley and Piper.
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