January 29, 2004
coach, players keep baseball team optimistic
faces will fill the Horned Frogs dugout, but the
team is expecting big things in its second season at Lupton
The TCU baseball team hosted media day Wednesday to discuss
the upcoming season and introduce the new people in the
Among the new faces in the dugout is head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
Schlossnagle comes from a head coaching position with
the UNLV Rebels. While at UNLV, Schlossnagle managed to
turn the program around from a record of 7-21 the year
before he arrived, to a record of 47-17 over two years.
That performance in 2003 earned him Mountain West Coach
of the Year honors.
Also among the new faces in the dugout are some players
who wont spend much of their season riding the pine
in the dugout.
We are talented, but we are just young, said
Schlossnagle. I have been surprised by some of our
Some of these talented young players are freshman talents
German Duran, Shelby Ford, Chad Huffman, and Austin Adams.
German Duran is a graduate of Fort Worths Paschal
High, just a few blocks from the stadium. He was named
first-team all-state for three years as a shortstop. Duran
has the chance to be the best Ive ever coached at
his position, said Schlossnagle.
Shelby Ford is also a local boy, from Fort Worths
Southwest High. Schlossnagle spoke highly of Ford.
Shelby can really play anywhere and help us out,
Another freshman that looks ready to make an impact on
TCUs squad is Henderson native Austin Adams.
Austin Adams is really athletic, and if we start
the season today he will play right field, Schlossnagle
Chad Huffman was a TPX preseason All-American his senior
year at Elkins High before he broke his arm after playing
only 12 games.
Chad Huffman has the chance to be as good a college
hitter as there is at his age, he said. Chad
can really swing it and if he isnt hitting third,
hell hit fourth.
As far as familiar faces go, there are only two that return
with significant experience. Those players are Chris Neuman
and Clayton Jerome.
Neuman is the only player who saw consistent starting
time to return from last years squad. He led the
team with 16 home runs last year en route to a first-team
all Conference-USA selection.
Neuman had nothing but good things to say about the Frogs
Schlossnagle is a hands on guy who teaches everybody;
pitchers, catchers, and hitters, Neuman said. Coach
(Lance) Brown just sat around and watched and didnt
really teach us much, but coach Schlossnagle knows a lot
about the game.
Jerome was C-USA Pitcher of the Year last season and is
picked by the coaches to retain his title. Jerome also
spoke highly of the Schlossnagle and the upcoming season.
We have been working hard all fall for this upcoming
season, and really it just cant get here fast enough.
We are all ready to play, Jerome said.
TCU is scheduled to start their season at 7:00 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 5 at Lupton Stadium.