TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte has been hired to assume the same position at the University of Texas where he will assume responsibility for both the men’s and women’s athletic departments, a source told the Austin American-Statesman on Saturday.
Texas was expected to make the announcement this afternoon.
Del Conte will replace Mike Perrin, who took over on an interim basis in September 2015 after Steve Patterson was fired by university president Gregory L. Fenves.
Del Conte took over at TCU in 2009 and has raised that athletic program to heights the Horned Frogs have never reached before. The football team won a Rose Bowl over Wisconsin and lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship earlier this month, and the baseball team has reached the College World Series the last three consecutive seasons.
Under his leadership, Del Conte oversaw the school’s entrance into the Big 12 in 2012. Under his watch TCU also underwent several athletic upgrades, most notably the construction of the new Amon G. Carter Stadium and football offices at a cost of nearly $170 million and a $72 million renovation of TCU’s basketball facility.
Del Conte is also proud to say that TCU athletics carries no debt despite those major projects.
Under Del Conte, five TCU head coaches (Gary Patterson, football; Jim Schlossnagle, baseball; Karen Monez, rifle; David Roditi, men’s tennis; Haley Schoolfield, equestrian) have been named National Coach of the Year in their respective sports. Jamie Dixon, hired in March 2016 as head men’s basketball coach, received National Coach of the Year accolades at Pittsburgh.
Editor’s note: This story will be updated throughout the day.
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