TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle, who signed a contract extension Monday, said he did not talk to Texas or any other school that might have wanted to hire him away from Fort Worth.
“I never spoke with another school, me personally,” he said, calling the interest flattering, but simply the result of a good year. The Horned Frogs completed a 49-18 season with two semifinal losses at the College World Series last week.
“We’ve built this program to the point where I don’t think there’s a better job in the country, and that’s not a slam on any other place,” Schlossnagle said. “Every place has its unique strengths and obstacles, and we have obstacles here, too. But for me and my family, from a personal side and a professional side, there’s never been a better fit. I don’t foresee that changing.”
For me and my family, from a personal side and a professional side, there’s never been a better fit. I don’t foresee that changing.
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, on TCU and Fort Worth
Schlossnagle’s name came up immediately when Texas reassigned Augie Garrido on Memorial Day, two days after TCU eliminated the Longhorns at the Big 12 tournament.
Ten days later, TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte and Chancellor Victor Boschini offered Schlossnagle a contract extension, and the parties agreed. The new contract sat unsigned while TCU defeated Texas A&M in three games in a Super Regional series the following weekend and then during the Frogs’ 10-day stay in Omaha.
Schlossnagle said except for an issue or two to work out regarding his assistant coaches, there would be no holdup to his signing the deal when the team returned to Fort Worth. He signed it the second day back.
Schlossnagle said it was actually the 10th time in his 13 years at TCU that his six-year contract has been extended or reworked.
TCU is in the midst of its most successful three-year run. Since 2014, the Horned Frogs are 148-51 (.744) with a Big 12 regular-season championship, two Big 12 tournament championships and three College World Series appearances.
“It’s a six-year contract, but we will revisit it every year to extend it further,” he said. “Luckily, I’ve worked for athletic directors that, every time we’ve had success, it’s been rewarded. One of the beauties of working at this place is I’ve never felt like I’ve had to fake leverage interest or stuff like that, mainly because of Chris Del Conte and Chancellor Boschini. They stay out in front for all of our coaches.”
Schlossnagle said he is committed to keeping pitching coach Kirk Saarloos and hitting coach Bill Mosiello, whom he called part of “the best coaching staff I’ve ever been around, both on and off the field,” but he realizes they have drawn interest, too.
I’m not going to keep them from going to be a head coach, but we’re going to make it really hard for them to leave. Our goal is to try and keep this thing together as long as we can.
Jim Schlossnagle, on assistants Kirk Saarloos and Bill Mosiello
“I’m not concerned at all about them going to be an assistant somewhere else,” Schlossnagle said. “Right now, it’s about the right head-coaching job, if they aspire to that. The only job we want those guys to leave for is an outstanding job in a Power 5 conference. If they run across that, then we’ll certainly wish them well. I’m not going to keep them from going to be a head coach, but we’re going to make it really hard for them to leave. Our goal is to try and keep this thing together as long as we can.”
Schlossnagle, whom Saarloos calls “the CEO of TCU baseball,” credited Saarloos and Mosiello for the bulk of the recruiting and noted their contributions to the season.
“I think this year was the best job Kirk’s ever done,” Schlossnagle said. “And Mo has done exactly what I asked him to do when I hired him, which was to completely change the mentality of our offense. And we feel like the talent level that we have committed in the next two or three recruiting classes is pretty special. If we can get these guys to campus and integrate them in our system and our culture, the sky’s the limit for what we can do.”
67Games played this season for TCU, second-most in program history. The 2010 College World Series team played 68.
No salary information was released, but Schlossnagle is probably near $1 million per year, if not more, as baseball coaching salaries rise around the country. Louisville extended Dan McDonnell for 10 years at more than $1 million per season. Schlossnagle was making more than $765,000 per year, according to TCU’s latest tax filing.
Del Conte said Monday that the extension was “all-encompassing,” meaning it covered the assistant coaches, as well.
Asked if he ever thought he’d be among the highest-paid baseball coaches in the country, Schlossnagle said, “No, I’ve never thought about those kind of things. I’ve never asked for a raise here. The only thing I’ve ever asked for is for me and my coaches to be rewarded relative to our success, and all three of our athletic directors have done that.”
Schlossnagle said he still asks only one thing of TCU officials.
“I just want to make sure our players and coaching staff are taken care of at the absolute highest level,” he said. “If they do that, then as they call it in New Orleans, everything else will be lagniappe — just a little something extra.”