Tonya Haut
Tonya Haut

Position:
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator | 12th Season

Alma Mater:
Baylor | 1999


04/04/2012

Haut Leaves TCU Women's Basketball Program

Tonya Haut has spent 12 years at TCU.

Coach Haut can be reached via email at t.benton@tcu.edu or in her office at (817) 257-7962.

Tonya Haut, the longest-tenured assistant on Head Coach Jeff Mittie's staff, enters her 12th season at TCU. She has served as recruiting coordinator since Spring 2007. In addition to her recruiting duties, Haut assists with on-the-floor coaching of TCU's guards and aids with the team's advance scouting.

In her decade at TCU, the Frogs have posted an overall record of 244-112 (.685 winning percentage) and have advanced to postseason play each season after never previously reaching a national tournament. TCU has also won three regular-season conference championships and a trio of league tournament titles.

In 2010-11, the Frogs were once again among the nation's best, reaching the 22-win plateau for the seventh time in program history, while also becoming the first team in Mountain West Conference history with at least 11 league wins and a top 3 finish in each of the last six seasons. The Frogs, who also advanced to the MWC Tournament finals for the first time in program history, became only the second team in the state of Texas to play in 11-straight postseason appearances.

Individually, it was another banner year for Haut's group as both Helena Sverrisdottir and Emily Carter closed their careers earning first team all-conference accolades for a second-straight season. Sverrisdottir picked up a slew of honors during her senior season, including being named to the Wooden Award and Naismith Award Watch Lists. Carter once again led the Horned Frogs in scoring during the season as she averaged 17.8 points per game, which ranked No. 40 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference.Carter also posted the No. 1 scoring game in the NCAA during the course of the season, scoring a school record of 43 points against SMU on Nov. 17, which also ranks No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference all-time.

The Frogs continued their successful string of seasons in 2009-10, as Haut helped the squad earn its first Mountain West Conference championship. The team posted a 12-4 record in MWC while becoming the only MWC team with at least 11 league wins and a top-3 finish in each of the last five seasons.

In addition to the team's successful 2009-10 performance, several Frogs stood out individually, including guards Helena Sverrisdottir and Emily Carter, who combined to give TCU two first-team all-conference selections in a single season for the first time in program history.

Sverrisdottir, also a All-MWC First-Team selection as a sophomore in 2008-09, became only the third conference player of the year in school history as a junior and also only the third to receive All-America attention when both the WBCA and Associated Press tabbed her with honorable-mention honors. The product of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, had several standout moments, including only the second triple-double in school history during a home win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while she also became the first TCU player ever to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.

Carter, who was named second-team All-MWC as a sophomore, led TCU in scoring as a junior in 2009-10 with the ninth-best total in school history (445 points). Along the way, she fell just short of the single-season program record for free-throw shooting (87.4 percent) and also put up the No. 4 rate for 3-point shooting (41.5 percent).

As evidenced by the play of Frogs such as Sverrisdottir and Carter, TCU's guard play has been one of the program's strengths over the past few seasons. The success of the backcourt was the driving force behind the team's return to the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09 following a one-year hiatus, as three guards earned All-Mountain West Conference honors in Sverrisdottir (first team) and Carter (second team) and former Frog TK LaFleur (second team).

LaFleur led the MWC in 3-point field-goal percentage in 2008-09, while Sverrisdottir was the lone player ranked among the league's top-7 players in scoring (No. 3), rebounding (No. 6), assists (No. 2) and steals (No. 7). As a team, TCU set a program record for free-throw percentage (77.9 percent) while recording top-5 totals for 3-pointers made (207) and percentage (36.7 percent).

The play of former Frogs Adrianne Ross and Moneka Knight, along with guard/forwards Lorie Butler-Rayford and Sverrisdottir, led the squad's scoring attack on its way to the Women's NIT Third Round in 2007-08. The team's top-seven scorers each worked under Haut, including Ross and Butler-Rayford, who claimed All-Mountain West Conference honors, as well as Sverrisdottir, the MWC Freshman of the Year.

Following the completion of Ross' career, she became only the second Frog, and the first TCU guard, to reach the WNBA when she appeared on the opening-night roster of the San Antonio Silver Stars.

In 2006-07, Haut helped tutor Ross to one of the finest seasons ever experienced by a TCU player, as she earned honorable-mention All-America honors by the Associated Press and was named MWC Co-Player of the Year. Ross was also a WBCA/Kodak All-America finalist after leading the league in scoring and in steals. In addition to her success, fellow guard Ashley Davis earned second-team All-MWC honors and led the league in 3-point field-goal percentage and 3-pointers made.

In Haut's first season at TCU, the Frogs took the basketball world by storm. It was a season of firsts for TCU, which set numerous school records including overall wins (25) and league triumphs (13). The Frogs also won their first conference title of any kind by snagging both the Western Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament crowns. TCU landed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time and pulled off the largest first-round upset that year as a No. 11 seed by upending No. 6-seeded Penn State, a Final Four team the previous year.

Individually, the Frogs' starting backcourt of Jill Sutton and Amy (Sutton) Porter received all-conference accolades. Sutton was a second-team All-WAC honoree and Porter snared a spot on the conference all-tournament squad.

Prior to coming to TCU in September of 2000, Haut served as an assistant coach at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas.
Haut, a native of Waco, Texas, played two seasons at Cisco (Texas) Junior College from 1993 to 1995. She earned her bachelor's degree in health and human performance from Baylor University in 1999 and her master's in liberal arts from TCU in 2003.

Formerly Tonya Benton, Haut was married to her husband, Eric Haut, in the summer of 2009. Eric Haut is an assistant coach with the TCU men's basketball program.


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