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Here’s to the leaders, the coaches and the mentors

At TCU, we do more than mentor our Horned Frogs. We coach for life.

Students at the mystery destination — New Orleans ‚ with Chancellor Victor Boschini in summer 2022

Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr., attended Frog Camp in New Orleans in summer 2022 and assisted the student facilitators. Photo courtesy of Emma Anderson

Here’s to the leaders, the coaches and the mentors

At TCU, we do more than mentor our Horned Frogs. We coach for life.

 

How do we excel at Texas Christian University? Mentoring. Our connection culture is at the heart of fostering success and developing leadership.

And not just in the classroom. Our athletics coaches become close and trusted advisers to student-athletes. Coaches are some of the most influential and dedicated members of the Horned Frog family, and their stories are always inspiring.

David Roditi ’96, our head men’s tennis coach, has come full circle in giving back the kind of success and connection he experienced as a marketing major at TCU three decades ago. He has built a nation-leading program through inclusion and supportive personal relationships. He and former teammate Devin Bowen ’94, now assistant coach, guided the Horned Frogs to a national indoor tennis championship earlier this year and celebrated the success of alumnus Cameron Norrie at the Wimbledon semifinals.

Women’s soccer coach Eric Bell arrived at TCU in 2011 just as we entered the Big 12. He had big plans. Already one of the nation’s best soccer coaches, he focused on recruiting top developing players through the youth clubs in North Texas. With each season Bell revamped the program and four years later achieved “something monumental” — a spot at the NCAA tournament. This set the stage for a joyous Big 12 championship in 2021.

Of course, not all coaching takes place on an athletic field. Dr. Zoranna Taylor Jones ’98 (MS ’07), 2017 winner of the Wassenich Award for Mentoring and a track athlete during her TCU student days, has been instrumental in establishing and cultivating our STEM Scholar program. The first class of these scholars recently graduated, and I hope you will read more about them here.

As we head into the fall, expect more great things from Karen Monez, head coach of TCU’s women’s rifle team, long ranked as one of the best teams in the nation. And coach Haley Schoolfield will be at the helm of the equestrian team she’s brilliantly recruited and developed.

Also in this issue: football head coach Sonny Dykes, who came to TCU eager to mentor his players far beyond the playing field. He’s guiding his team to navigate Name, Image and Likeness partnerships and self-agency because teaching our Frogs to adapt to a changing world is what we do.

At TCU, we do more than mentor our Horned Frogs. We coach for life.

Victor J. Boschini, Jr. 

10th Chancellor

TCU students and administrators at the New Orleans Frog Camp i 2022. They are pictured by a river boat wearing mardi gras masks.

Frog Camp offers one mystery destination trip every summer. In 2022 participating students were surprised by the mystery destination, New Orleans, and by the fact that Chancellor Boschini joined them. Direct participation in University life is a hallmark of TCU’s connection culture. Photo courtesy of Vanessa Roberts Bryan