Tricia Payne

Tricia  Payne

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
TCU, 2002

Coach Payne can be reached in her office at (817) 257-7962.

- Promoted to assistant coach on May 24, 2007
- Was hired by coach Jeff Mittie in June 2004 as director of basketball operations
- Is the first former player of Mittie's to later join his staff
- Coached for one year at Arlington Heights H.S. before joining TCU
- Among many other things, handles team travel and community outreach for the Lady Frogs
- Is one of TCU's seven 1,000-point scorers and holds the career record for free throw percentage


Tricia Payne, now in her fourth season with TCU, was promoted to assistant coach on May 24, 2007 by head coach Jeff Mittie. Prior to being named assistant coach, she served as director of basketball operations from 2004-2007.

"When Tricia was hired as director of basketball operations in 2004, I knew she would be someone who would be able to eventually fill the role of an assistant," Mittie said. "Tricia has done an outstanding job as director of basketball operations and has earned this next step up. When our staff changed, I knew that she was going to be the first person for the job."

As director of basketball operations Payne's duties included handling team travel, academics, film exchange, community outreach, compliance issues and other administrative responsibilities.

Since her arrival to the coaching staff, the Lady Frogs have combined for a 63-33 record (.656 winning percentage) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season.

Payne starred for the Lady Frogs from 1998 to 2003. When she was hired on June 9, 2004, she became the first former player of Mittie's to later be hired on his staff.

After earning her Bachelor of Business Administration from TCU in August 2002 and her Master of Liberal Arts the following summer, Payne became the women's basketball head coach at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas. In her only year with the program, she led the team to the playoffs for the first time in five years and finished as the runner-up for District Coach of the Year honors. Payne was responsible for all phases of the program, from budgeting and scheduling to coaching and tournament management.

Payne, who came to TCU in fall 1998 after playing at Duncan High School in Duncan, Okla., is fourth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,178 points. In 2007, her athletic success was recognized with the induction into the Duncan High School Hall of Fame.

Payne suffered a torn ACL prior to her senior season and redshirted before becoming the fifth 1,000-point scorer in school history Dec. 28, 2002, in a 70-53 victory against Vanderbilt. She averaged double figures in scoring in each of her first three years and continues to hold the school's career record for free throw percentage (.830, 322-of-388). She also ranks among the top 10 in career games played, games started, field goals, field goal attempts, threes made, threes attempted, three-point field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted and assists.

Payne accumulated a number of honors as a Lady Frog. She helped the Purple and White earn its first bid to the NCAA Championship in 2001, the same season she led TCU to its first conference tournament crown. Payne was subsequently named the Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP after tallying 26 points against Hawai'i in the title game. She also was named TCU's Player of the Year in 2002 and earned the Janice Dziuk Award in 2003.

No stranger to success in the classroom, Payne was named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2003 for maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average. She also snagged a Commissioner's Academic Medal the same year for attaining at least a 3.75 GPA for the academic year. Payne earned the team's Academic Award in 2003 as well.

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