Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Taking Inventory: The Coaching Staff

One of the biggest reasons for TCU's sustained success over the past decade or so has been the continuity provided by a coaching staff that has, for the most part, stayed in place. Sure, there have been a few defections here and there- like former safeties coach Chad Glasgow taking the defensive coordinator job at Tech this year- but if you don't count the graduate assistants, TCU's coaches have an average of 7.75 years at the school. That's pretty impressive for a school that still won't be in a BCS conference for 11 more months.

We start at the top, of course, where Gary Patterson enters his 11th year as head coach of the Frogs and 14th season overall at TCU. GP has won six bowl games at TCU, four conference championships and guided the Frogs to their first two BCS bowls including last year's Rose Bowl victory to cap off a perfect 13-0 season. His overall record as head coach is 98-28 (.778), and he is just 12 more wins away from breaking Dutch Meyer's school record of 109. Additionally, there have been 13 first-team All-Americans under Patterson. It's not hyperbole at all, in my opinion, to say that TCU has the best football coach in America leading their program.

Defense has always been the signature strength of TCU, and Defensive Coordinator/D-Line coach Dick Bumpas is back for his 8th year of directing his hounds toward the throat of opposing QBs. In case you need a refresher about how good the defense has been under Bumpas- they've led the nation in overall defense an astounding three consecutive seasons.

Leading the offense in their third year AS ("after Schultz") is the duo of Jarrett Anderson and Justin Fuente, affectionately referred to on this blog as "Fuenderson". Anderson, who also coaches runnng backs and excels in recruiting East Texas, enters his 14th season at TCU. Fuente's duties also include coaching the quarterbacks, and this will be his 5th season with the program. Both of these guys will eventually be head coaches, and we should enjoy them while they're still here because other programs have been and will be trying to snap them up.

Helping out Bumpas on defense are linebackers coach Tony Tademy (7th year at TCU), corners coach Clay Jennings (4th) and Trey Haverty, a former TCU graduate assistant who was hired this offseason to replace Glasgow as safeties coach. Ryan McInerney, who served in the video department for last year's team, joins the coaching staff as the graduate assistant on defense this year.

Assisting Fuenderson on offense are assistant head coach and offensive line architect (and in-game heart attack survivor) Eddie Williamson (11th year at TCU...and pictured above), wide receivers coach Rusty Burns (3rd) and tight ends coach Dan Sharp (14th)- who also heads up the Frog special teams units. Jeremiah Fiscus will serve as the offensive graduate assistant.

Considering how ridiculously strong and in-shape the Frogs have been over the years, it's a minor miracle that head strength & conditioning coach Don Sommer (11th year) hasn't been hired away by a bigger program. For the 7th straight year, Matt Parker will serve as his associate. Mike Sinquefield enters his 11th year as head of football operations, and he'll be assisted by Danielle Bartlestein.


LA Frog said...

The best coach in America threw a zinger at Tuberville

Just read Gary's last quote at the bottom

LOLfolding said...

Coments on that story should be good, stupid.