and improved athletic complexes boost success
director Eric Hyman says the athletic department has
a huge commitment toward improving facilities for all
Recently, athletic department events have been a ribbon-cutting
In the past five years, TCU has renovated or constructed
almost every athletic facility on campus, including
the recent completion of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier
Basketball Complex, the new home of both the mens
and womens basketball teams.
Athletics director Eric Hyman said an indoor football
practice facility is part of future plans as well, but
probably not any time soon.
Its time for us to take a step back and
catch our second wind, Hyman said. It takes
an incredible amount of energy and money to accomplish
all the things we have, and weve done so much
over the past five years that its time to step
back and look at everything.
In addition to the new basketball complex, a combination
of money and energy over the past five years has paved
the way for a new baseball and soccer stadium, a new
tennis center, a new track and field complex, and a
new athletic facility. The most recent addition to the
athletic facilities is the football turf practice field,
which is scheduled to be completed Friday, head football
coach Gary Patterson said.
The turf practice field is just another step in keeping
athletics competitive with some of the top universities
in the country.
If you look at teams around the country getting
better, you see their facilities are getting better,
Hyman said the athletic department has a huge commitment
toward improving facilities for all athletic programs.
He said these improvements help elevate the level of
the athletic programs, and help create a brand
identity for TCU.
Anyone watching this years Bowl Championship Series
title game saw first-hand that the country is becoming
more cognizant of Horned Frogs athletics. However,
it was not just due to the advertising of Super Frog
in commercials with Snoop Dog and Johnnie Cochran.
The proofs in the pudding, Hyman said.
Our programs werent very successful when
we started doing (improvements), but you look at the
results and you know TCU has been elevated across the
Hyman said it was a risk-reward scenario, in that there
was a risk involved with making improvements for struggling
programs, and the rewards would be the play of teams.
The results speak for themselves, he said.
While the entire country knew the Horned Frogs football
team came close to crashing the BCS, several other TCU
programs secured a place in history as well. The mens
and womens swimming and diving teams captured
the Conference USA championship, recording the first-ever
single school sweep in conference history.
Both the mens and womens tennis teams played
in the conference championship matches; the womens
soccer team was the fifth-most improved team in the
country, and the womens basketball team reached
the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth
year in a row. Currently both golf teams are in contention
for the Conference USA crown, as the men had a 15 stroke
lead going into the final round, and the women trail
by just four strokes.
Hyman said good results make it easier to develop better
facilities, but not necessarily as a reward from the
The money for new facilities comes from fundraising,
not from (the athletic department), he said. People
develop trust in what were trying to do, so the
generosity has been spread over five years because athletics
has been recognized and supported tremendously.
The tremendous support has translated into $28 million
in fundraising over the last five years from individuals,
foundations, and corporations, said Davis Babb, associate
athletic director. In addition, the athletics department
has received $7 million in donations for athletic scholarships,
Hyman said the athletic department will be doing strategic
planning to discuss the future of athletic facilities,
and the football indoor practice facility will be a
component of the plan. That plan, he said, will cover
the next 10 to 15 years, approximately.
Patterson said he is not even thinking about the future
indoor facility, and is happy to have the new turf practice
field. He said it will help keep the players healthy,
and show recruits the university is as committed to
the program as other, more well-known football programs.
You need it if you want to stay up with the Joness,
Patterson said. I think (Texas) A&M is putting
in two of these things.