TCU's Schlossnagle: 'There's no doubt we're the underdog in this deal'
TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle, whose team is playing in its sixth Super Regional series in eight seasons, has agreed in principal to a contract extension, athletic director Chris Del Conte said.
“We put forth a plan that we agreed on and said, ‘OK, let’s go take care of A&M, and we’ll finalize the details when you get back,” Del Conte said.
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman tweeted on Thursday that Schlossnagle is out of the running for the open position at Texas because TCU was ready to extend his contract.
The Horned Frogs open a best-of-three series at Texas A&M on Friday. The winner goes to the College World Series. TCU is bidding for its fourth trip to Omaha, all under Schlossnagle.
Del Conte said the extension is not a response to the Texas opening.
It had nothing to do with Texas or anyone else, just the body of work that he has done.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte
“It had nothing to do with Texas or anyone else, just the body of work that he has done,” Del Conte said. “Every year, I evaluate the national landscape, as I’ve been entrusted to lead this organization by the chancellor and the board of trustees. My job is to evaluate the landscape, see where we are, make sure the people that we have in our program, that are vital to our organization, remain here for as long as they want to be here.”
Schlossnagle, who in February became the winningest coach in TCU history, signed an extension in 2014 that takes him through 2020. The extension following his second College World Series appearance at TCU.
Jim Schlossnagle is 561-251 in 13 seasons at TCU with eight regular-season conference championships, eight conference tournament championships, six NCAA Regional championships and three College World Series appearances.
Del Conte said the length of the new extension has not been finalized, but salary and raises for assistants Kirk Saarloos and Bill Mosiello are part of the new agreement. Both assistants have gotten credit from Schlossnagle for revitalizing the offense (Mosiello) and pitching (Saarloos). TCU led the Big 12 in hitting this season and has posted a national-best 33 shutouts since Saarloos became pitching coach.
Del Conte said he and TCU chancellor Victor Boschini met with Schlossnagle on Wednesday and had “an unbelievable conversation.”
“We wanted to make sure we got the financials taken care of and that we agreed,” Del Conte said. “We talked about the basic framework. Now we’ll go and talk about the years and everything else. When we get home, we’ll finalize the minute details, dot the I’s and cross the T’s. All the hard stuff has been done.”