The Jim Schlossnagle coaching tree is growing again, as former TCU Baseball assistant Ryan Shotzberger has been named the head coach at Incarnate Word after a stint serving with Todd Whitting at Houston.
As you can see from the above tweet, Shotzberger has won everywhere he has been, with nine rings under his belt already. Working primarily with catchers while in Fort Worth, Shotzberger oversaw Bryan Holaday’s development as well as others, helping the Frogs to their first College World Series berth. He left a big impression on the current major leaguer, as well. “I had Coach Shotz as a coach at TCU for three years. He played a pivotal role helping me win the Johnny Bench Award in 2010. He is a great coach, leader, and mentor who taught me how to work and take pride in everything I do, on and off the field.”
After five seasons in Funky Town, he followed Whitting to Houston, where he served as an assistant coach with a focus on offense. While with the Cougars, Shotzberger collected four American Athletic Conference Championship titles, three 40-win seasons, a Super Regional appearance and two NCAA Regional host bids.
Known for his hard work, Shotz has made a positive impression at every stop, something his former boss at TCU recognized and appreciated. “Ryan has become an accomplished and successful coach in a variety of winning programs. He knows not only how to win championships, but also how to run a comprehensive program at the highest level. Ryan is hardworking, knowledgeable and a good leader of young men. I have no doubt Ryan will have UIW competing for championships in the near future.”
Speaking of Schlossnagle, his coaching tree continues to expand at an impressive rate. Not only has the Horned Frogs’ manager developed scores of major-league talent, but he’s gotten assistants opportunities to lead their own programs, and just about all have been wildly successful at their next stops. It’s a tree that would impress even Bill Belichick:
Congrats to former assistant Ryan Shotzberger on being named head coach at Incarnate Word on Monday! DYK, the @TCUSchloss's coaching tree has produced 6⃣ head coaches. #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/f7CLjKB2i6— TCU Baseball (@TCU_Baseball) June 25, 2019
Congratulations to Coach Shotzberger - but don’t hoard all of that Houston talent!