Jump to content

Join Our Community

Are you a fan of the Texas Longhorns? Registration is FREE and EASY. Join the discussion!
Sign Up for FREE
Sign in to follow this  
Daniel Seahorn

BREAKING: Texas Hires TCU AD Chris Del Conte

Recommended Posts

The University of Texas appears to have found their new Athletic Director in TCU’s Chris Del Conte, as reported first by Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman.  Del Conte has spent the last eight years as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at TCU, where he oversaw $300 million worth of donor-funded renovations to the program’s football and basketball facilities.  He was also responsible for negotiating the school’s entry into the Big 12 Conference.  In its opening five years of Big 12 play, the Horned Frogs have captured conference championships in football, baseball and men’s tennis.

Prior to Del Conte’s work at TCU he served as Athletic Director for the Rice Owls from 2006 – 2010.  His accomplishments at Rice include successful fundraising campaigns that allowed for renovations to Autry Court, Reckling Park and the opening of Tudor Fieldhouse, which included a new academic center, training facility, locker rooms and administrative offices.

Del Conte spent five-plus years on the athletic department staff at the University of Arizona, where he joined the staff in December of 1999 and he oversaw all aspects of athletic fund development.

Interim University of Texas Athletic Director Mike Perrin’s contract expires in August, 2018, allowing plenty of time to acclimate Del Conte to the position.  On tap for Del Conte will be the construction of a new basketball facility for the Longhorns, as well as continuing the solid work Perrin has put in place to build goodwill with the alumni, donors, state legislature and City of Austin.

Del Conte announced his acceptance of the position at Texas in a Twitter post.

 
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is absolutely awesome!  Welcome to the 40, Chris.

He is so well-respected, and he well-positioned TCU.  Thank goodness they learned from their mistake with Patterson.  It is obvious that he supports coaches and maintains good relationships with alumni, while maintaining and upgrading facilities.

btw, I'm thrilled, if you can't tell.  :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great hire!!! Looks like we are finally getting it right. We are solid in EVERY coaching position now (all sports) and they will be led by a great AD. Great things ahead in ALL sports. Thank you Mike for holding it down and making needed changes along the way. I am thrilled that we now appear to be the 1st class organization that we all expect us to be. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the basketball arena needs to be designed so that about 8-10,000 seats are in a lower bowl that helps amplify the sound similar to what VCU and some smaller schools have.  the upper level above suites should only be used when attendance demands. Texas needs to create a true home court from about 9000 loyal fans yet have bigger arena for some games that will draw more and for other activities

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
37 minutes ago, Dude65 said:

Did everybody get scooped on this?

Never seen it coming nor did I see any reports hinting @ it. X

I had read a few months back where Del Conte would be the target of the AD search, but I can't remember where I read that. That being said this is a great hire. He's great with boosters, knows how to oversee any athletic expansion project and is well versed in the political climate of sports in the state of Texas. Home run.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tom herman’s statement on the hiring of Chris Del Conte:

“First and foremost, I want to thank Mike Perrin for all he’s done for me, my family, our football program and Texas Athletics. He has been tremendous to work for and personally, unbelievably supportive. I’m very grateful for my time with him.
 
“I knew when a new athletics director took over that Greg Fenves would make a terrific hire, and he certainly did. I’m absolutely thrilled that Chris Del Conte will be leading our Athletics Department. I’ve known him for several years, worked with him during my time at Rice and have continued to admire his work from afar for a long time. He’s a smart and creative leader who has a great passion for student-athletes and college sports. On top of that, he’s an engaging, energetic and fun person to be around and work with. We’re definitely in good hands, and I’m looking forward to a bright future with Chris leading the way.”
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You guys are receiving a wonderful AD.  He helped do wonders for TCU across the board.  I do not pretend to understand if the complexities of a smaller, private university are basically the same as a very large, public university but CDC's track record is one of great accomplishment and command of the entire athletic department.

The unspoken subtext of this hire, and the main reason I celebrate the hiring while losing the fine AD from my alma mater is that the hiring of CDC finalizes that Mack Brown will never again be more than an unofficial spokesman for Texas football.

And for that reason I am thankful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, Daniel Seahorn said:

Got buried in the 5 thoughts thread after the Tech game.

My point was with all my snikey comments was yes it had been tossed about for months, even the last year or so on various message boards, but pretty much went under the radar in terms of any of the sites mods making serious contention talks. 

So obviously Belmont was able to keep a secret and not get leaked. Imagine that huh? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Dude65 said:

My point was with all my snikey comments was yes it had been tossed about for months, even the last year or so on various message boards, but pretty much went under the radar in terms of any of the sites mods making serious contention talks. 

So obviously Belmont was able to keep a secret and not get leaked. Imagine that huh? 

Yeah it was impressive how they kept it pretty quiet. Worked out for the best. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  


Franchise Quest


  • Latest Posts

    • We're also after Noah Cain's team mate.
    • Ok thanks. Glass and Roschon had some epic games against one another as kids.
    • No. 19 Texas (28-15) vs. Houston (25-15)
      April 24, 2018 Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field
      Time: 6:30 p.m. TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260
      All-time series: Texas leads, 94-32-2            
      PROBABLE STARTING PITCHES TUESDAY—Houston LHP Lael Lockhart (1-0, 2.70) vs. Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (0-0, 0.00)   GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 21 Texas hosts Houston on Tuesday night in a midweek contest…the teams last met in Sugar Land in 2016 with the Cougars coming away with a 3-2 win…Longhorns head coach David Pierce is a graduate of Houston and played there from 1984-85…assistant coach Sean Allen also spent time with the Cougars, having played there from 1998-2001 and coaching there from 2002-2007.   A LOOK AT THE COUGARS—Houston is coming off a 4-1 week of their own…the Cougars split the double-midweek at Sam Houston State before completing the series sweep of Wichita State over the weekend…the Cougars are led on offense by Jared Triolo’s .364/.419/.481 line while Joe Davis and Cooper Coldiron have driven in 27 runs apiece…on the mound, Carter Henry leads all Cougars relievers with 19 appearances and a 1.07 ERA (4-ER, 33.2-IP).   A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a 4-1 week that included midweek wins over UTRGV and Texas Southern before winning two of three against New Orleans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…Kody Clemens continues to lead the Texas offense with a .356/.455/.706 line and a Big 12-best 13 homers…Zach Zubia has pushed his average to over .300 for the season…on the mound, Josh Sawyer leads all Texas relievers with 18 appearances on the year while Andy McGuire earned his sixth save of the season on Friday night.    NEXT UP—Texas will head on the road for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at West Virginia…last season, the Longhorns took two-of-three from the Mountaineers.   KODY SHOW CONTINUES—Kody Clemens continues to pace the Longhorns offense…over the weekend, he hit his Big 12-leading 13th homer of the season…earlier this month, Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com each announced their Midseason All-America teams and 2B Kody Clemens was named to the first team on both…USA Baseball also announced Clemens as a member of its Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list…Clemens ranks in the top five in the conference in several offensive categories: home runs (1st, 13), SLG (2nd, .706), total bases (2nd, 113), average (5th, .356), hits (T-5th, 57), RBI (3rd, 46), and BB (T-5th, 30).   VROOM VROOM—Sophomore SS David Hamilton stole his Big 12-leading 26th base of the year over the weekend…he is Longhorns’ first player with at least 26 stolen bases since  Golden Spikes Award finalist Drew Stubbs stole that many in 2005…his 26 bags currently rank T-3rd in the country…he also leads the team with 6 bunt singles on the year and 32 BBs.   CONFERENCE DEFENSE—The Texas defense has solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns are fielding at a .988 clip over 15 league games, with position players making just five of the team’s seven errors…the Horns’ .978 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…Texas has also turned 48 double plays on the year, which leads the country.   GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, DJ Petrinsky has caught 16-of-22 since, good for 59.3% caught stealing on the season.   BACK IN THE POLLS—After the series win at then-No. 16 Oklahoma, Texas shot back into the rankings…the Longhorns are currently ranked No. 19 by D1Baseball.com, No. 19 by Baseball America, and No. 21 by PG/Rawlings.   ZUUUBOMB—Despite a three-hit game and a game-winning home run over the weekend, Zach Zubia’s reached base safely streak came to an end at 41 games on Sunday…overall, the redshirt-freshman has won a pair of Big 12 Newcomer of the Week awards this season and has hit .360/.467/.700  with four homersz so far in 14 games in the month of April to push his average over the .300 mark. 
×