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GoFrogs: From The Desk of #ADJD

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    GoFrogs: From The Desk of #ADJD

    We hope this edition finds everyone remaining safe and healthy. As you know, we took a major step forward for this fall's sports seasons by welcoming our football student-athletes back to campus.

    Through a TCU Athletics Subcommittee of the Chancellor's Fall 2020 Campus Readiness Task Force, we consulted with state and local health officials in the development of a detailed plan to have our student-athletes return. Excerpts of the plan can be found HERE.

    In the coming weeks, we will have soccer, volleyball and men's and women's basketball student-athletes also returning. The health and safety of everyone is our top priority, and I am very confident in our plan.

    In addition to the pandemic response, we have also been addressing with our student-athletes and staff the current racial injustices and nationwide tensions. I recently assembled a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council to work with me in finding ways to better support our student-athletes and staff. Since that time, we have met with every team and conducted a discussion with 160 other athletics staff and coaches. As I relayed to our student-athletes, my goals right now are to listen and better understand them. Looking forward, I envision new thoughtful and meaningful programming that will have a positive impact on our entire athletics department.

    We are very excited to be just days away from our Virtual Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the Legends Club & Suites. Amon G. Carter Stadium Expansion project donors will soon be receiving a physical and digital delivery showcasing our most recently completed capital project. With the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our team came up with a fun, creative and safe way to provide this group an exclusive first look at this world-class venue. A big thanks to Chancellor Boschini for cutting the ribbon with me (socially distanced of course ). Project donors - keep an eye on your mailboxes early next week!

    A great trivia question down the road will be, "What was the first event in the Legends Club & Suites?" The answer will be the June 25-26 TCU Athletics Executive Team Summer Strategy Session. It was a very productive two days of meetings with our department leadership as we covered preparations for the upcoming football and fall sports seasons, financial planning, organizational strategy, and next steps in our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion planning and initiatives. In days like these, it is even more apparent how awesome my staff is – I am very fortunate to have such thoughtful and talented professionals on board.

    We very much appreciate everyone who renewed their football season tickets before Monday's deadline. Thank you for your support! As you know, this situation is very fluid and we will keep you posted as we prepare for this fall's expected limited capacity in Amon G. Carter Stadium. I do have one update: our student section provides seating for 4,000 students, and we will distribute that same number of tickets each home game this fall with social distancing protocols being followed. We need the student section rocking like always!

    Also, please note that our Parrish Family Athletics Ticket Office will be closed Monday, July 20, for a system upgrade.

    He is not just a ball coach, he is also a recording artist! It was great to see Gary Patterson cross an item off his bucket list and bring so much joy to people with the release of his new song and video, "Take a Step Back." All proceeds from the song benefit the Gary Patterson Foundation to support economically disadvantaged children and other charitable causes in Fort Worth. A special shout out to TCU graduate, Fort Worth native and country music star J.T. Hodges for collaborating with Coach Patterson on the project. Well done, Coach P!

    I always enjoy hearing that you can never have enough purple in your closet. Through our new partnership with Follett, you will now have even more choices and selections with the formation of the TCU Horned Frogs Store.

    In addition to an increased in-venue shopping experience on game days, you can also CLICK HERE for our new online store featuring an expanded assortment of sport-specific product with new items being added weekly. Future offerings will include the ability to customize sport-specific product (how cool is that?).

    Included in the product line are officially licensed TCU face coverings. All royalties from the sale of face coverings will be donated to the Frog Family Crisis Fund, providing financial assistance to students affected by catastrophic or emergency situations. Official TCU face coverings are now available on shop.gofrogs.com and through local retailers.

    Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance Ike Ukaegbu is one of the professionals on my staff I was referring to above. He's a true all-star on our team and it was great to see his outstanding work and leadership recognized when he was selected as one of just 10 Division I athletics administrators nationally to participate in the NCAA's 2020-21 Pathway Program.

    The NCAA Pathway Program prepares senior-level administrators to be future directors of athletics. There is no doubt Ike will one day lead an athletics program. He has the highest level of respect from our coaching staff and student-athletes, who lean on him daily for advice and guidance.

    Ike has had sport oversight responsibilities for our swimming and diving programs and is a member of my Executive Team. He is also our department's selection for this year's Chancellor's Staff award. Congratulations, Ike, and thank you for being such a valuable resource and friend to me and so many others on our campus!

    It is hard to believe that it has already been a full year since we announced our partnership with LaDainian Tomlinson in the creation of The Tomlinson Student-Athlete Development Endowment Fund.

    Benefiting TCU's Student-Athlete Development Department, the fund supports student-athletes from all 21 of our sports programs to help prepare them for their lives and careers after graduation.

    TCU's Student-Athlete Development programming includes a myriad of topics ranging from leadership, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, networking and mentoring to personal responsibility, brand development, community outreach, time management in balancing academics and athletics, etiquette in dinner and interview settings, religious and spiritual life, mental health and overall student-athlete wellness. Additional programing is geared towards those transitioning to professional athletics careers.

    For those interested in supporting TCU's Student-Athlete Development program, please contact the TCU Frog Club at (817) 257-7700.

    We are just one week away from the July 1 debut of our partnership with Big 12 Now on ESPN+. We had our first experience and taste of Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with some men's and women's basketball games this past season. Our September 12 home football opener against Prairie View A&M will be on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. In addition to live games in football, soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball and baseball, we will also have special programming that includes Horned Frogs Nation, press conferences and other TCU content. The monthly fee is just $4.99. In addition to TCU, you will also have access to games and programming from other Big 12 members as well as schools and conferences throughout the country. For this much content, it is a true bargain.

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    Congratulations to equestrian's Laska Anderson and swimming and diving's Radu Duican on being selected as recipients of 2019-20 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships from the Big 12 Conference.

    Laska, a student in the John V. Roach Honors College, was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist and a double major in history and English with a minor in writing. The Leitchfield, Kentucky, native was NCEA Horsemanship Rider of the Year, an Elite Equestrian and All-American. She also received the Big 12's prestigious Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.

    Radu was an accounting major from Bucharest, Romania. Among the many wins in his career was the 200-yard backstroke against SMU this fall.
    Our men's golf program was represented by Thomas Allkins and Trevor Brown on the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Team. In his first season as a Horned Frog, Thomas had a team-best 72.0 scoring average. Trevor played in four events and had a season-best 2-under-par 214 at the Hartford Hawks Invitational.

    We had 10 All-America selections in the last month with indoor track and field producing nine.

    TJ Brock (60m), Du Mapaya (triple jump) and Derrick Mokaleng (400m) were recognized in individual events. The trio also garnered silver medals at the 2020 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships. The men's Big 12 champion 4x400 relay team of Jostyn Andrews, Simba Maketa, Tinotenda Matiyenga and Derrick Mokaleng also garnered All-America recognition. On the women's side, 2020 Big 12 silver medalists Jill Johnson (high jump) and Destiny Longmire (long jump) were recognized as All-Americans.

    Although it was a very shortened season, we also had an All-American in baseball in pitcher Haylen Green. He was a second-team choice by Collegiate Baseball after not allowing a run in a team-best eight appearances. His 17 2/3 scoreless innings were the third-longest shutout streak in the nation to begin the season.

    Congratulations to Head Women's Golf Coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin on becoming President of the Women's Golf Coaches Association!

    Angie has long been active with the WGCA, serving on its Board of Directors since 2014 and as vice president this past year. With her arrival at TCU in August 1994, she is our second-most tenured head coach and has led us to 22 NCAA postseason appearances.

    Angie is the third TCU head coach to currently serve as president of their coaching organization. Head Football Coach Gary Patterson is president of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Head Men's Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon is President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Additionally, Head Equestrian Coach Haley Schoolfield is the past president of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), while Head Baseball Coach Jim Schlossnagle is third vice president of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

    I was very excited to see our Head Beach Volleyball Coach Hector Gutierrez receive a great honor with his selection as an assistant coach on the 2020 U.S. Beach Collegiate National Team. Hector led us to an 11-4 record and a No. 15 final national ranking this spring.

    Also, Angela Stanford, one of our more decorated former student-athletes, has been named assistant captain for the 2021 USA Solheim Cup Team. Angela is our women's golf program's only four-time All-American. She won a school record 10 tournaments and is a member of our TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame as well as the Women's Golf Coaches Association Players Hall of Fame.

    Angela has competed in six Solheim Cups, representing the USA in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. In 2015, she earned the winning point for Team USA. Angela has totaled six LPGA victories, including the 2018 Evian Championship for her first major title.

    With our partnership with Colonial Country Club, the Charles Schwab Challenge has a special place in our heart. With such a great field lined up this year, it was disappointing for many of us that we were not able to attend this year's event. It is always fun each year to walk the course at Colonial and see so many Horned Frogs in the gallery wearing purple.

    This year's event, which featured 17 of the top 20 players in the world, also had three Horned Frogs in Franklin Corpening, J.J. Henry and Tom Hoge.

    J.J. made the 554th PGA Tour start of his career and a record 19th straight at the Charles Schwab Challenge. He has played in every event at Colonial since his debut in 2002. Tom made his 147th career PGA Tour start and is having his best season on the tour, ranking 22nd in the FedEx Cup. Franklin, a Fort Worth native, made his fourth career PGA Tour start.

    In the midst of the pandemic, our equestrian program displayed the selflessness that it means to be a Horned Frog. Raegan Rast, who earned All-America honors this season and was the Big 12 Fences Rider of the Year, came up with the idea for her teammates, coaches and staff to share family recipes as well as their own favorites. Emma Edwards then had the suggestion to raise money for a good cause. The efforts thus far have generated more than $1,750 for aiding first responders and their families.

    Thank you, Raegan and Emma, for having the vision and leadership on this project! It's been fun to look at the cookbook and see what type of dishes are favorites for everyone. If you are interested in a cookbook, they are $20 and can be ordered through TCU Head Equestrian Coach Haley Schoolfield at h.schoolfield@tcu.edu.

    Baylor Scott & White Health is one of our corporate partners, and it is very timely to take note of some of their safe care initiatives to assist our community in feeling comfortable with their health care options. Please CLICK HERE for more information on the program.

    This month's Fist Bumps go to TCU Athletics Business Manager Jeanette Bradley and TCU IT Applications Developer Stephen Carr.

    It is safe to say everyone in our department knows Jeanette. When a new employee comes on board, Jeanette is one of the first people to greet them as part of the orientation process. She also takes great pride in the organization of our graduate assistant program she has named #TeamGA. Jeanette is always among the first to volunteer when an extra hand is needed somewhere. She takes other duties as assigned to the next level. When our offices were closed during the pandemic, Jeanette came in to make sure our mail was still being delivered throughout our department and especially to the critical areas of our sports programs, Ticket Office and Frog Club. Thank you, Jeanette, for continuing to set the example for all of us on what it means to be the ultimate teammate!

    Stephen, who previously assisted our compliance office with a project, played an integral role in the return of our football student-athletes to campus. He worked very closely with our sports medicine team in the development and rollout of Return to Campus and Daily Screening forms our student-athletes and staff are utilizing. As a former student-athlete himself, Stephen had an inside understanding of our needs, what we were asking and the importance of our mission. He listened to our concept and delivered a product that has been phenomenal for us in its efficiency and ease. Stephen simply got after it, many times working late into the night and on weekends. He was fully invested in us and committed to the cause with his selfless service. Thank you, Stephen!

    I believe we have the best coaching staff in the country and the numbers help illustrate it. Our head coaches have combined for 32 National Coach of the Year honors in their careers.

    Whether it's through email (AthleticsDirector@tcu.edu), Twitter (@JDonati_TCU) or Instagram (JDonati_TCU), please feel free to always reach out if we can be of assistance. Thank you for your continued support of TCU Athletics. Stay safe and healthy – we look forward to seeing you back on campus soon!

    Go Frogs!
  3. I wonder how many people renewed their football season tickets this year. I did.

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