Where does TCU rank in the way-too-early top 25, and what are their national title odds?

TCU's basketball took a major leap forward this year. In Jamie Dixon's second season as head coach, the Horned Frogs earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in 20 years(something Dixon predicted when he arrived on campus). Read More

 

TCU earns NCAA tournament bid for first time in 20 years

TCU basketball is going dancing again after a 20-year wait. The Horned Frogs earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 on Sunday evening. Read More    

Jamie Dixon

Head Coach

 

TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte has announced the hiring of Jamie Dixon as head men’s basketball coach.

 

Dixon, a 2007 TCU Hall of Fame Inductee, becomes the 22nd head coach in the history of the Horned Frogs men’s basketball program. He returns to his alma mater after serving 13 seasons as head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Dixon, who has earned four college basketball National Coach of the Year honors, including the 2009 Naismith Coach of the Year, previously served as an assistant at Pitt, Northern Arizona, Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara.

 

Dixon’s 13-year head coaching tenure at Pitt saw the Panthers compile a 328-123 record and earn 11 NCAA Tournament berths, including three Sweet Sixteen appearances and one NCAA Regional Final. He is one of only eight coaches nationally to guide their program to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 13 seasons and led Pitt to its first two NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds in 2009 and 2011. Only two coaches (Mark Few and Roy Williams) in NCAA history have taken their school to the NCAA Tournament more times in their first 13 seasons as a head coach than Dixon. He ranks No. 9 among winningest active Division I coaches, as well as winningest coaches all-time through 13 seasons.

 

Dixon guided Pitt to three Big East Championships, including two outright regular-season titles and one tournament championship. He set an NCAA Division I all-time record for best start to a coaching career after eight seasons with 216 victories and his .727 career winning percentage currently ranks in the top-25 nationally. In addition, his .658 career Big East win percentage ranks as the best all-time mark in league play, surpassing the likes of Georgetown’s John Thompson, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and St. John’s Lou Carnesseca. He is one of only nine coaches in NCAA Division I history to win over 100 games during his first four seasons of a coaching career and helped Pitt capture the program’s first No. 1 national ranking in 2008-09.

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Scott Cross

Assistant Coach

 

TCU head coach Jamie Dixon has announced the hiring of former UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross to the Horned Frogs coaching staff. Cross, who presided over the most successful era in UTA basketball, will serve as assistant coach at TCU.

 

“We are excited and fortunate to have Scott and his family join the TCU family,” said Dixon. “With his success as a student-athlete, as an assistant coach and as a head coach, Scott embodies everything we aspire our players to be and will be a terrific fit for our program.”

 

Cross compiled a record of 225-161 in 12 seasons as the Mavericks head coach, including 88 wins over the last four years, and has coached each of the top four seasons in program history. The two-time conference coach of the year led his team to the postseason five times, including a quarterfinal appearance in the 2017 National Invitation Tournament. The historic 2017 season produced the program’s first-ever Sun Belt Conference regular season title.

 

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Ryan Miller

Assistant Coach

 

TCU head coach Jamie Dixon announced the addition of Ryan Miller to his coaching staff in April.

 

Widely recognized as one of the top recruiters in college basketball, Miller comes to Fort Worth following two years at UNLV where he was instrumental in helping the Runnin’ Rebels land the nation’s No. 11 and No. 5 ranked recruiting classes in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

 

During his time at UNLV, Miller helped develop and coach Rashad Vaughn who was drafted No. 17 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2015 NBA Draft. Vaughn was a 2014 McDonald’s All-America honoree and a consensus five-star recruit, who was ranked as high as No. 8 nationally coming out of Findlay College Prep. He went on to become the Mountain West Freshman of the Year at UNLV after averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

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Corey Barker

Assistant Coach

 

TCU men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon put the finishing touches on his coaching staff, adding Corey Barker in May.

 

Barker, a Houston native, comes to Fort Worth after spending this past season as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech where he was instrumental in helping the Bulldogs sign four players from the state of Texas.

 

During the 2015-16 season, La Tech recorded a 23-10 overall record and advanced to postseason play. Barker played a key part in helping Alex Hamilton and Erik McCree earn all-conference accolades this past year. Hamilton was also the league Player of the Year and earned AP Honorable Mention All-America honors.

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