The name Jim Schlossnagle is synonymous with TCU Baseball, as both the coach’s and the program’s journey have been trending upward since they first came together.
On Tuesday, Schlossnagle notched his 700th career victory, and 623rd at TCU, in defeating the Vaqueros of UT Rio Grande Valley.
The man affectionately known as Schloss came to Fort Worth in 2004 after two years serving as the head man at UNLV. TCU Baseball was a good program under Lance Brown, who led the team from 1987-2003, but had just one conference title and one regional appearance under his regime. Schloss changed that almost immediately.
In 2004, TCU went to the Austin Regional, the first of nine consecutive and 13 overall NCAA appearances. He made his first College World Series in 2010, and is in the midst of four consecutive appearances to Omaha, with a fifth not out of reach. Schlossnagle’s team won the Mountain West Conference in each of their seven member seasons, have two Big 12 titles and a tournament title, and have hosted Regional and Super Regional rounds in Fort Worth seven times. He recruited several current MLB players to Fort Worth, including World Series Champions such as Matt Carpenter and Jake Arrieta, Brandon Finnegan, Andrew Cashner, and several others. There are currently 29 former Schlossnagle players at various levels of professional baseball.
Not only has Schloss recruited well, he continues to bring back former players, keeping them involved in the program, as they return annually for the alumni game, practices, and to get work in. He has also grown Lupton Stadium into one of the premier venues in College Baseball, as TCU has invested in practice facilities, meeting rooms, and more. He is a fixture in Fort Worth, involved in charitable causes throughout the state, and was honored with the C Victor Thornton Award this past February by the Moslah Shriners of North Texas. He has served as a USA Baseball Collegiate Team coach twice, been named National Coach of the Year three times, and has collected numerous conference Coach of the Year awards as well. He is the Frogs’ all-time winningest coach as of February 2016.
Congratulations, Coach Schloss!