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TCU’s Del Conte wins share of director of the year award

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte happily shakes the hand of football coach Gary Patterson during the Big 12 championship trophy presentation following the Horned Frogs’ 55-3 victory against Iowa State. The Horned Frogs wound up co-champions of the league in just their third season in the conference.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte happily shakes the hand of football coach Gary Patterson during the Big 12 championship trophy presentation following the Horned Frogs’ 55-3 victory against Iowa State. The Horned Frogs wound up co-champions of the league in just their third season in the conference. Star-Telegram

TCU’s Chris Del Conte is one of four recipients of the director of the year award from the National Association of College Directors of Athletics, the school announced Tuesday.

He shares it with Ian McCaw of Baylor, Mitch Barnhart of Kentucky and Warde Manuel of Connecticut.

Del Conte has been athletic director at TCU since 2009. In that time, TCU has joined the Big 12, and last year won a share of the conference title in football, reached the College World Series in baseball and posted a Sweet 16 team in men’s tennis.

The school is renovating Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for basketball at a cost of $72 million, remodeling the coaches offices and gym in the basketball facility and is raising money for improvements at Lupton Stadium for baseball.

TCU said it raised $31 million in 2013-14 through fundraising, triple the $12 million it raised when Del Conte arrived in 2009.

“We are proud of Chris’ accomplishments,” chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. said in a statement released by the school. “This award is reflective of his tireless work on behalf of TCU.”

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

Twitter: @calexmendez

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