Schlossnagle: 'I do believe we've earned it'
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, speculated to be a candidate for the open baseball position at Texas, said he has “no plans” to leave Fort Worth.
“TCU and Fort Worth have been very good to me and my family,” he said in a statement to the Star-Telegram on Wednesday as the Horned Frogs prepared to host the Fort Worth Regional in the NCAA tournament beginning Friday.
“I am continually honored to be the coach at TCU and have no plans for that to change,” Schlossnagle said. “We’re starting the most important part of our season, and my only focus is on Oral Roberts and Friday night’s game.”
I am continually honored to be the coach at TCU and have no plans for that to change.
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle
Schlossnagle, in his 13th season, signed a contract extension in 2014 that takes him through 2020.
His pay more than doubled from $374,000 to $764,000 following the first of back-to-back College World Series appearances, according to TCU tax filings. He has taken TCU to three of the past six College World Series, the first in school history, and is the Frogs’ winningest coach. He is 558-251 at TCU and 635-298 including two years at UNLV.
Last week, the Horned Frogs won their second Big 12 tournament title in three seasons. Last year, they won their first Big 12 title since joining the league four years ago.
Under Jim Schlossnagle, TCU has hosted six NCAA regionals, earned two national seeds and made three College World Series appearances. It had none in any of those categories before his first season in 2004.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte does not plan for Schlossnagle to go anywhere, either.
“We’re honored to have him be our coach, and we plan to keep him our coach for a long, long time,” Del Conte said. “He is one of our key employees. We want to make sure that he remains at TCU for a long time, until he retires.”
Asked if he would fight to keep Schlossnagle, Del Conte said, “It’s not even an option. He’s a Horned Frog.”
But the market is rising for college baseball coaches.
Texas was paying $1.2 million to Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball with 1,975 victories, who was moved into a consultant role in the athletic department.
Wednesday, Louisville signed its baseball coach, Dan McDonnell, to a $10-year contract that pays $1 million a year. He has taken the Cardinals to three College World Series and is 453-189.
Earlier this week, Schlossnagle credited Garrido for inspiring schools like TCU to invest in college baseball.