Another longtime coaching fixture on the TCU campus is leaving.
Beloved track and field head coach Darryl Anderson, who was hired in November 2004, has been fired.
No official reason has been provided by TCU, but athletic director Jeremiah Donati expressed gratitude for Anderson’s 18 seasons.
“Coach Anderson has had a tremendous impact on the lives of countless TCU student-athletes on and off the field during his tenure,” Donati said. “We are beyond grateful for all of his valuable contributions to our Horned Frogs community.”
Anderson is the third longtime TCU coach to leave in the past year. Jim Schlossnagle left the baseball program a year ago and Gary Patterson left the football program last Halloween. Patterson was hired as head coach in December 2000 and Schlossnagle was hired in July 2003.
“I guess they wanted to have a new voice,” Anderson said. “Not many coaches stay at places for as long as I’ve been at TCU so I’m appreciative of that. I have nothing bad to say. Just figuring out what I’m doing next.”
In his 18 seasons with TCU, Anderson has coached nine national champions, 29 individual Big 12 champions, and had 62 athletes received 104 All-America honors.
His teams won three conference championships and he has coached eight eventual Olympic athletes.
“I have no hard feelings or carry any remorse,” said Anderson, 60. “My only regret is I wish I had some forewarning. But at the end of the day, that’s their call. And if you do this long enough, you’re probably going to go through this.”
Anderson’s third child is scheduled to graduate from TCU in December. If another job opportunity comes along soon, he might take it. Otherwise, he doesn’t mind waiting for his daughter to graduate before a potential move.
He has received calls and texts from colleagues and former athletes across the country as the news has spread.
“I said to my wife I didn’t go to bed last night thinking I’d be unemployed today and I didn’t walk into my office thinking I was walking out unemployed,” Anderson said with a laugh. “I’m a little nervous about the future but I’m also excited about the future. That’s where I’m at right now.”