baseball coach has big plans for team
hopes to bring Frogs championship
head coach Jim Schlossnagle has great expectations for
the Horned Frogs.
Jim Schlossnagles head coach at Elon College offered
him a proposition during his sophomore season.
The coachs name was Rick Jones, and Schlossnagle
credits him for his current profession.
At the time, Schlossnagle aspired to be a columnist
for Sports Illustrated. He said he was a Rick Reilly
hopeful and that he was covering any and every game
he wasnt involved in from the time he was in high
Then came his coachs words of wisdom.
He said, At this pace, you arent going
to be a pro player so you can do one of two things.
You can continue doing what you are doing, or you can
get a head start on the rest of the people your age
from a coaching standpoint, Schlossnagle
Schlossnagle hasnt looked back.
If I hadnt made a decision on that day or
at that time, I wouldnt have this job at 33 years
old, he said.
Well, he has the job. And, surprisingly, it only took
a few coaching stops for him before he landed at TCU.
Schlossnagle began his coaching career at Clemson before
moving on to Tulane, where he went to the 2001 College
World Series, and then University Nevada-Las Vegas for
the past two years.
As head coach at UNLV, he turned a program with five
straight losing seasons into a team with a 47-17 record.
He also led the Rebels to their first conference championship
last season, finishing with a No.15 ranking.
Schlossnagle said he was intent on making a name for
himself at UNLV, but he prefers to be at a private institution.
Being at a private school, an academic school,
and being able to recruit kids who are good players,
good students, and come from good families is the ideal
His choice to come to TCU was both professional and
I have a 3-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter,
he said. I had never made any decisions professionally
and put any of the personal side into it, but when you
have children, sometimes you cant just think about
By accepting the Frogs head coaching position,
he said his children can now grow up near his wifes
family in Dallas.
Schlossnagle said he didnt fail to take the TCU
baseball programs potential into his decision
to become the Frogs new head coach, however.
When you add in the commitment to baseball that
is here now with Eric Hyman and the new ballpark, it
was too tough to walk away from this situation,
though Schlossnagle describes himself as a boring and
loyal person who doesnt hunt, fish or play golf,
he has gained great respect from players and peers.
He attributes much of the respect he has garnered in
his short coaching career to his great desire to build
teams into contenders on the baseball diamond.
And the respect or notoriety isnt because of his
Ricky Fairchild, a pitcher for Tulane, said Schlossnagle
has made his name a known product through nothing but
He is a highly regarded coach in the world of
college baseball, Fairchild said. He has
accomplished a lot in a short career.
His personal commitment to the game is apparent in his
work ethic. When fall baseball this season was restricted
to three weeks and 18 practices due to NCAA restrictions,
the new coach said all he wanted was time with the team
We dont have a lot of experience at all,
he said. When you are in Conference USA and in
Texas, you play a lot of good people. The schedule is
The Frogs have their work cut out for them this season,
he admits. Last years team had 16 seniors, and
every position player was a senior, except for first
baseman and designated hitter Chris Neuman.
Schlossnagle said the freshmen involvement this year
is expected to go well, especially with the talent those
So far (the freshmen) have been great at adjusting
to change and they have bought into everything we have
asked them to do, he said. There have been
a lot of changes from the previous coaches and they
have been very open to it.
The team has noticed the difference in the coaching
style since Schlossnagles arrival.
Junior pitcher Chris White said the practices are more
structured and strenuous.
He is a lot more structured and organized,
said White, a pitcher who has been on the team since
2000. Everything is down to the minute and there
is a purpose to everything we do.
In my four years of baseball here, Ive never
run this much.
Schlossnagles coaching career may have begun early,
but his love for the game started even earlier.
since his childhood, Schlossnagle has been an avid Boston
Red Sox fan.
At his first major league game, between the Red Sox
and Baltimore Orioles, he saw Hall of Fame outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski play left field and he immediately
drew a fond liking toward the player nicknamed Yaz.
I was just a little guy and I figured that anyone
with a worse last name than me had to be my favorite
player, he said.
years later, Schlossnagle now finds his home in the
Frogs third base dugout, trying to make his lofty
goal of returning to the College World Series in Omaha
And every morning he wakes up wondering what he can
do to go back.
I wont go back unless I am coaching TCU,
he said. My long-term goal for TCU is to win a
national championship. I didnt come here to get
further away from Omaha, I came here to get closer.
Schlossnagle says he fully expects the Frogs to be in
the NCAA tournament at the end of the season.
What you do beyond that is anybodys guess,
he said. Thats the game of baseball.