On July 9, 2003, a new era in TCU baseball began as Jim Schlossnagle became just the program’s ninth coach since 1940. The outstanding work Schlossnagle has done since his arrival was rewarded in the summer of 2016 as the head coach inked a contract extension for the foreseeable future.
Schlossnagle became TCU’s all-time winningest coach with a 5-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Feb. 21, surpassing the legendary TCU head coach Lance Brown. Over the course of his 15 seasons at the helm, he has posted the top 13 win totals in school history. He is 648-295 (.687) as the head coach at TCU and 725-339 (.681) in 17 years as a head coach.
During his tenure at TCU, Schlossnagle has raised the program to new heights. His efforts have not gone unnoticed at the national level and in the fall of 2012 USA Baseball tabbed him the 2013 Collegiate National Team head coach. It marked his second stint with the national team as he served as an assistant coach in 2006. Twice he has been named the National Coach of the Year, earning the honor from the NCBWA in 2010, as well as being selected by Baseball America as the 2016 National Coach of the Year.
The vision Schlossnagle had when he was hired at TCU in the summer of the 2003 has come to fruition in three of the last five seasons. In 2014, TCU earned its first-ever national seed and hosted both the NCAA Fort Worth Regional and the NCAA Fort Worth Super Regional. The 2015 and 2017 squads followed a similar path, both resulting in an appearance in the College World Series. In 2016, TCU won its second-ever road NCAA Super Regional, topping Texas A&M to advance to the CWS. TCU is one of just two programs nationally to have appeared in four of the last five College World Series.
Associate Head Coach
Bill Mosiello joined the coaching staff in the summer of 2013. Named associate head coach, Mosiello assumed the role of hitting/offensive coach and serves as the third base coach during games.
Mosiello came to TCU after spending two seasons at Tennessee serving as the recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor. He has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience and seven more years of experience as a minor league manager. His talents were rewarded in the summer of 2017 as he was tabbed a coach on the USA Baseball 18U National Team in addition to being the 2018 16U NTDP head coach.
Over the course of his career, Mosiello has coach over 80 major league players, 28 All-Stars, two batting title winners, two AL MVPs and one AL Rookie of the Year. “Bill is considered one of the best teachers of the game of baseball at any level,” said Schlossnagle. “His experience throughout not only college baseball but as a manager of successful minor league teams will truly help elevate the development of our players.
Kirk Saarloos joined the coaching staff in the summer of 2012 after two seasons as the pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton. He assumed the duties of pitching coach. In the summer of 2013, Saarloos was promoted to recruiting coordinator.
“We are so very excited to welcome Kirk, Kristen and their children to the Horned Frog family,” said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. “Kirk is one of the most talented coaches that I have been around in many years of college coaching. He is ridiculously intelligent and knowledgeable in all areas of pitching but at the same time is constantly looking to learn more and improve. Obviously, his playing career provided him the opportunity to compete at the major league level for six years and that experience really helps all of our players, not just our pitchers.”
“My family and I are thankful for the faith that Coach Schlossnagle has put in us,” said Saarloos. “We are truly excited to become part of the Fort Worth community and TCU family. I am looking forward to developing student-athletes at a high level and continuing the great tradition of the TCU baseball program.”
Volunteer Assistant Coach
TCU baseball head coach Jim Schlossnagle has announced the addition of John DiLaura to the coaching staff. He will serve as the volunteer assistant coach.
“We are excited to add John to the TCU baseball family,” said Schlossnagle. “As I canvassed the country in the coaching community and told my peers exactly what we were looking for, one name continued to surface – John Dilaura. His energy, selflessness, and attention to detail is a perfect fit for the culture of our program. I know our players will benefit greatly from this addition.”
DiLaura, a 2013 alum of the University of Michigan, spent the past season as the volunteer assistant at his alma mater. While at Michigan, he worked with the Wolverine’s catchers and assisted with the hitters. Michigan posted a 33-21 record in 2018. This past fall he served as an assistant coach at Xavier where he worked with the hitters and the infielders.
Director of Baseball Operations
Montgomery enters her 10th season as the Director of Baseball Operations. She is responsible for all the administrative aspects of the program, including travel, meals and accommodations. She is also responsible for handling the Diamond Club and overseeing the First Pitch Banquet. Along with that, she serves as the Community Service director and the liaison between umpires and the visiting teams.
“Meredith has been a tremendous addition to our program,” said Schlossnagle. “She has a great love and passion for TCU and her organizational and interpersonal skills are off the chart. We are very fortunate to have her heading up all administrative aspects of our program.”
A native of Olney, Texas, Montgomery spent four years working in the media relations department while obtaining her undergraduate degree. In her time with the department, Montgomery assisted at all home events, including football, basketball and baseball.