Associate Head Coach (Throws) | 11th Season
Associate head coach John Kenneson enters his 32nd season of Division I coaching and his 11th at TCU entering the 2015 season. In the last three decades, he has built a legacy as one of the top throws coaches in the country, guiding 42 All-Americans, an Olympian and countless Olympic Trial qualifiers and conference champions. Kenneson oversees all throwing events for the Horned Frogs and also supervises the strength training for the throwing athletes.
The Big 12 is one of the top throwing conferences in the nation, and the addition of TCU's throws squad under Kenneson two year's ago made the conference even better.
Kenneson's 10th season at TCU saw Megan Smith earn Second Team All-America honors as she broke or tied the TCU discus record, her own record, four times during her junior year and earned a trio of second place marks at the Big 12 Championships.
Smith wasted no time shattering her best mark as she kicked off the outdoor season with a winning throw of 55.17m (181), nearly 14 feet better than her previous record. Two weeks later, she would tie her record and the week after at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, she would break it again with a throw of 55.24m (181-3). Her top mark would come at the NCAA Prelims, as she hit a distance of 55.42m (181-10), to earn a third place finish and a trip to Eugene, Ore., to compete at the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Smith posted a 12th place finish and garnered Second Team All-America accolades to cap off a stellar outdoor discus season.
Smith and Kenneson didn't just excel in the discus event, the two were also a force to be reckoned with in the shot put event as well. Over both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Smith tallied six first-place marks and two second-place finishes at the Big 12 Championships. Smith's top throw in the indoor season (16.08m/52-09 ¼) at the New Mexico Invitational, would be beaten in her outdoor campaign four times. At the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, Smith recorded the top mark with a distance of 16.20m (53-1 ¾). Her best of the season would come at the Big 12 Championships when she posted a 16.44m (53-11 ¼).
On the men's side, Cameron Tabor had his hand in multiple events, competing in the shot put, weight throw, discus and hammer throw after not competing in 2013. Under Kenneson, Tabor improved his indoor marks in the shot put event in four events. At the first event, the Reveille Invitational, Tabor finished with a mark of 16.29m (53-5 ½), en route to a sixth place finish. His best distance at the Big 12 Indoor Championships was a 17.43m (57-2 ¼). In the outdoor season, Tabor recorded five top-five finishes, including a second-place showing at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational with a throw of 17.39m (57-0 ¾). The two stayed consistent in that approach in the weight throw as Tabor started the season with a mark of 16.29m (53-5 ½) and finished at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in third with a throw of 18.46m (60-6 ¾), over seven feet better than the beginning of the season.
In the hammer throw, Kenneson directed Aaron Tombleson to two first-place finishes and four top-six marks. At the UNT Spring Classic, Tombleson achieved his top mark of the season with a throw of 56.48m (185-4). Tombleson carried over the momentum two weeks later at the Michael Johnson as he tallied another first-place mark at 54.44m (178-7).
Tabor and Adam Damadzic highlighted the discus event in the 2013-14 season. The two combined for 16 top-10 finishes under Kenneson in the outdoor slate. At the TCU Invitational, Damadzic posted a third-place mark with a distance of 54.24m (177-11), while Tabor finished directly behind him in fourth. At the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, the two flipped as Tabor finished fourth with a mark of 53.23m (174-8) and Damadzic placed fifth with a distance of 53.16m (174-5). At the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, Damadzic hit his season-high with a throw of 56.23m (184-6), en route to a fourth place finish. Tabor's mark of 52.77m (173-1) at the conference meet gave him a ninth place mark.
In TCU's first campaign in the league, Kenneson's throwers showed that TCU would be a strong participant in events. The Frogs saw Megan Smith make tremendous strides in her second season at TCU. Smith finished in the top-five of both the indoor and outdoor shot put at the conference championships in addition to adding a fifth place in the discus. In the eight shot put competition Smith took part in during the 2013 outdoor season, seven of them ended with her best throw being better than her best mark from her first season as a Frog. Smith took down the outdoor discus record three times during the season and is second in TCU history in the shot put.
Kenneson and the Frogs got many consistent performances from a variety of throwers in 2013. On the women's side, Kelsey Samuels (fifth in the shot put) and Makena Schroder (seventh in the javelin) scored at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. Samuels finished her TCU career with school records in the indoor weight throw and outdoor hammer throw. Schroder broke the school record in the outdoor javelin. On the men's side, Adam Damadzic (discus) and Paul Osunwa (shot put) both qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries during the outdoor campaign along with moving into TCU's all-time top-five in their respective events.
During TCU's stint in the Mountain West Conference, stretching the 2006-12 track and field seasons, Kenneson guided the Frogs to nine women's shot put titles, including a streak of eight-straight championships from 2006-09. Candis Kelly took four indoor titles and two outdoor titles while Stormy Harrison won other last two of the outdoor crowns. TCU is the only school in league history to accomplish that feat.
Kelly was one of Kenneson's most decorated products, along with her six MWC Championships, she also brought home the Frogs' first Penn Relay women's shot put crown in 16 years with her 2008 victory. Harrison was a force in the shot put and discus, being the previous school record holder in the disc as the first Frog over 160 feet before Smith took down her records.
2012 saw many TCU throwers have success. During the indoor campaign, Kenneson guided Cameron Tabor to a conference title in the men's shot put and helped TCU's throwers earn four All-Conference honors. In Outdoor competition, Tabor completed the season sweep of the shot put conference titles and qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary in the shot put and discus. Samuels picked up her first career MWC gold medal at the 2011 indoor championships and followed-up for silver medal standards at the outdoor championships.
During the 2010 season, Kenneson helped lead TCU's throws to six school records. Senior Tommy Killen went on to compete at the NCAA Championships in the discus, going on to finish 18th. Killen, the 2009 MWC Outdoor Champion in the discus, is TCU's school record holder in the event with a throw of 192-10 in 2008 at the John Jacobs Invite in Norman, Okla. In 2006, Kenneson led Killen to the NCAA Championships in the throwers debut campaign as a Frog.
One of Kenneson's first stars at TCU was javelin thrower Joe Brown. An Overland Park, Kan. native, he closed out his TCU career by becoming the first TCU student-athlete to ever earn All-America honors in the javelin with his 10th place effort at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Brown made the national championships by upping his own school record to the current mark of 224-0 at the regional meet. He also claimed the Mountain West title that year. Brown was also a star in the classroom, being named TCU's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earning the prestigious Chancellor's Award.
Kenneson has spent the bulk of his career in the SEC. He came to Fort Worth from Lexington, Kentucky, where he served as an assistant track & field coach at the University of Kentucky for 11 of the past 12 years. While at UK, Kenneson coached his athletes to 23 All-America certificates, 28 school records and logged eight national top 20 finishes. Overall, his athletes have garnered 41 All-America certificates.
His only previous stint outside the SEC came when he led the field and multi-events program for both men and women at North Carolina State University as an assistant coach from 1985-86. Kenneson compiled an impressive portfolio with two ACC men's team championships, 11 All- ACC women athletes and 13 All-ACC men's performances, while establishing 10 school records during his two-year tenure in Raleigh.
Kenneson joined the staff at the University of Florida in 1986, holding the position of head field and multi-events coach. While at Florida he assembled one of the most competitive and productive field events programs in the history of the SEC and NCAA track & field. With shot putters Dwight Johnson and Matt Simson owning personal bests of 66-0 and 63-3, Russ Willett claiming a best discus throw of 197-11, Mike Holloway vaulting 18-8 3/4 and Dion Bentley long jumping 26-9, Kenneson's corps of field event athletes led the Gators to seven "Top Five" finishes in the NCAA Championships.
With Kenneson on board, the Gators won the SEC Triple Crown (cross country, indoor and outdoor track) in both 1987 and 1988. During the 1991-92 seasons, three Kenneson-coached athletes teamed up to form the top three shot putters in the NCAA. Simson went on to win a silver medal at the World University Games in 1992. Another world-class athlete, Tom Pukstys, to whom Kenneson served as a personal coach, is a former American and current collegiate record holder in the javelin (273-3) and was a finalist at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Pukstys held the American record from 1994-2004 before Breaux Greer set the new mark with a throw of 287-8 in 2004.
Kenneson joined the Kentucky staff in 1992 and began to build a nationally-regarded field events program from scratch. Two of Kentucky's All-Americans were U.S. Junior National Team members and another, Matt Kavanagh, was the gold medalist in the hammer throw at the 1997 Junior Pan America Games. He spent one year at Auburn University (1997-98) before returning to Kentucky the following year.
While at Auburn in 1998, Kenneson helped Nakeitra Jones set the SEC women's high jump record with a leap of 6'-05".
Under Kenneson's tutelage at Kentucky, Jeff Chakouian was the only collegian shot putter to reach the finals of the 2004 United States Olympic Trials. Chakouian was the UK record holder in the shot with a mark of 66-3, was the Southeast Regional champion and finished third at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Chakouian is also one of only three SEC athletes to ever win four consecutive SEC indoor titles. Chakouian was only beaten outdoors by current Olympians Reese Hoffa (Georgia) and Edis Elkavis (Auburn). Kenneson also coached Ildiko Varga, who placed seventh in the women's discus throw at the 2004 NCAA Championships.
Kenneson is a member of the National Throws Coaches Association, and the NCAA Track Coaches Association. He is also a certified personal trainer.
Assistant Coach (Jumps) | 3rd Season
Shawn Jackson is in his third season as assistant coach for jumps at TCU after joining the Horned Frogs' staff in August 2012 after 17 years as associate head coach at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech.
Championships and Jackson have become synonymous with each other during his first two years at TCU. In his second season with the Frogs, Henderson helped guide Senior Lorraine Ugen to her second NCAA championship, a conference title and two First Team All-America honors.
Ugen posted the top three marks in the long jump by a Frog during the indoor season and improved her distance with each meet. At the New Mexico Invitational, she earned a second-place finish with a jump of 6.42m (21-0 ¾). At the Big 12 Championships, she improved her season-best to 6.59m (21-7 ½) and finished the indoor campaign with a jump of 6.73m (22-01).
Ugen wasn't the only Frog to flourish under Jackson last season. Anna Robinson recorded eight top-10 finishes during the over both the indoor and outdoor seasons, including a third-place distance at the Michael Johnson Invitational. Makaila Flannigan and Jazzmine Folston also combined for five top-10 finishes in the 2013-14 season.
Jackson continued his work in Ramone Bailey from the previous season, as he posted a first-place distance at the TCU Invitational with a mark of 7.48m (24-6 ½). A few weeks later, Bailey would improve his season-high to 7.50m (24-7 ¼). Freshman Cameron Echols-Luper also had a successful indoor season under Jackson, earning three second-place finishes, improving his season-best in each of those three meets. His season-high mark of 7.40m (24-3 ½) was achieved at both the Big 12 Indoor Championships and the Texas A&M Invitational.
The first season of Jackson's tenure at TCU was bountiful, producing a national champion, two All-Americans and a multitude of personal bests.
A year after TCU had the NCAA champion in the outdoor women's long jump, Jackson and Lorraine Ugen ensured the streak would continue. On her third jump at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ugen uncorked a personal best 6.77m (22-2 ½) jump to take the win. The mark, which at the time was among the top-10 in the world, also bestowed Ugen with the `A' standard for the IAAF World Championships.
On the men's side, Jackson's work was reflected in the improvements made by Cameron Parker and Ramone Bailey. Parker wrapped up his TCU career with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Parker, who also won the Big 12 title in the triple jump, improved his PR to 16.22m (53-2 ¾), nearly a foot difference and was among the most consistent performers in the country. Bailey made strides in the long jump, posting a 7.64m (25-0 ¾) during the outdoor season.
He joined the TCU track and field program as assistant coach for jumps in August of 2012. Jackson came to Fort Worth after a successful 17-year stint as an associate head coach at Louisiana Tech, coaching sprints, hurdles and jumps at his alma mater.
A two-time Mid-East Region Coach of the Year (2006, 2008), Jackson helped Louisiana Tech earn 16 team conference championships. During his tenure at Louisiana Tech, where he coached sprints, jumps and hurdles, 30 of the team's 43 school records were claimed by athletes Jackson mentored. Overall, Jackson's had 11 athletes earned 28 All-America honors and had his Bulldogs win 76 conference titles, including 25 in relay events.
Jackson closed out his time in Ruston, La. with a splash on the international scene as he helped Chelsea Hayes earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in the long jump. Hayes went to the U.S. Olympic Trials not among the favorites for one of the three advancing spots to London. However, Hayes shocked the track and field community with a huge jump of 7.16m (23-3 ½) to finish second and punch her ticket to London.
Jackson has coached athletes that have appeared in the Olympic Trials in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes, 400-meter hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump.
Hayes was among Jackson's most successful competitors at LA Tech, earning All-America honors six times, winning 14 WAC Championships, earning WAC Female Athlete of the Year in 2012 and being named All-WAC on 18 occasions.
Jackson helped the Louisiana Tech women's track and field program earn seven consecutive outdoor track and field conference titles from 2005-11. In 2008, Jackson was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA.
Jackson has also helped guide many other athletes to success both on the collegiate and international circuit. In two seasons of work Jackson helped Trey Hadnot earn seven WAC titles and multiple All-America honors. Hadnot's work with Jackson landed him a bronze medal at the USA Junior Championships and a spot on Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships.
Jackson's success was sustained over multiple conferences too. He was an important figure in establishing the success of Louisiana Tech in the Sun Belt Conference during the 1990s and continued his work as the Bulldogs moved to the Western Athletic Conference.
From Buffalo, N.Y., Jackson was a competitor for the Bulldogs from 1990-92, which included a 4x100-meter relay title in 1992. He finished his degree in general studies from Louisiana Tech in 1994. He went on to earn his Master's in sports science from LA Tech.
Assistant Coach (Hurdles) | 3rd Season
Kevin Henderson begins his third season at TCU as assistant coach for hurdles after coming to Fort Worth in August 2012 after four years at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In his second season with the Frogs, Henderson directed freshman Jordan Moore to a spectacular debut, garnering Big 12 titles in the 60 and 110-meter hurdles events and Second Team All-America honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Moore burst onto the scene when he shattered a 14-year-old school record in the 60-meter hurdles in his preliminary heat at the New Mexico Invitational. His prelims time of 7.83 didn't last long as he would break in the finals with a time of 7.72, earning him a second-place finish. Two weeks later at the Tyson Invitational, Moore would set a new record again with a time of 7.70, a time that was third in the nation at that point and would finish tied for ninth in the nation.
The duo of Henderson and Moore set the tone in the indoor season that no record is safe and continued that mantra in the outdoor campaign. Moore began the outdoor slate with three straight first-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles. At the Big 12 Championships, he captured the 110-meter hurdles crown and tied LaTerance Dunbar's school record with a time of 13.64 seconds. He capped off his freshman season with a third-place finish in his individual heat and 12th overall at the NCAA Championships.
Henderson guided Lavon Collins and Larissa Matthews to strong seasons in his first season with the Frogs. Collins dropped his 400 hurdles PR by nearly a second en route to finishing fifth at the Big 12 Championships and qualifying for the NCAA West Preliminaries. Henderson's work with Collins helped the junior become an indispensible member of TCU's All-American 4x400-meter relay team.
Matthews was able to find the form that made her a star as a freshman under Henderson. She finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles at the Indoor and Outdoor, respectively, conference championships. Matthews missed out on a trip to Eugene and the NCAA Championships by 0.01 seconds at the NCAA West Preliminaries, finishing 13th.
Henderson was the Bulldogs' coach for sprints and hurdles and the program's recruiting coordinator. In his four seasons at the blue oval, Drake became a program noted for having strong competitors in the hurdles events.
On the men's side, Henderson helped guide Jon DeGrave to four Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) titles, including the 2010 MVC Outstanding Men's Track Athlete of the Year award and three trips to the NCAA West Preliminaries.
On the women's team, Ari Curtis became the standard bearer for Drake hurdlers, and Henderson is to credit. Curtis qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and USA Outdoor Championships in 2010 and has lowered the Drake school record in the 400 hurdles by over three seconds.
In 2012, Henderson coached Marissa Smith to a sweep of the MVC sprint hurdles races as the senior took the title in the indoor 60-meter hurdles and the outdoor 100 hurdles. Smith set Drake's school record in the 100 hurdles and qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary.
Prior to joining Drake, Henderson served as an assistant coach at Mesa Community College in Arizona.
Henderson, a 1987 graduate of Auburn, was the USA Outdoor Track and Field champion in the 400 hurdles in 1988. While competing at Auburn, Henderson was a six-time All-American and six-time SEC Champion. His 1987 Indoor 4x400-meter relay team still holds the Tigers' school record in the event. He was also a two-time team captain. Henderson set the Penn Relay 400-meter hurdles record in 1987.
Henderson and his wife, Kristine, have two sons, Samuel (13) and Daniel (9).
Assistant Coach (Sprints) | 2nd Season
Justin Wickard enters his second season as an assistant coach for the TCU track and field program working primarily with the sprints division.
In his first year at TCU, the Frogs posted first-place times in the 60-meter dash (two), 100-meter dash (one), 200-meter dash (one), the 400-meter dash (three), the 4x100-meter relay (two) and the 4x400-meter relay (two).
Raymond Bozmans recorded the fastest time by a Frog in the 60-meter final at the New Mexico Invitational with a time of 6.60. His time at the meet put him at 11th in the country overall. In his indoor campaign, he tallied five of the top seven times by a TCU sprinter in the event. He also posted third and fourth place finishes in the 4x40-meter events during the indoor slate. Fellow teammate Malik Summers also finished first in his individual 60-meter heat to qualify at the New Mexico Invitational.
In the 400-meter dash, Senior Briyanni Thomas posted two first-place finishes in the outdoor season, as well as five of the top seven times by a Frog in the event. At the TCU Invitational, she put up a time of 54.74 for the top time. A couple weeks later at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, she improved her time with a 54.23. Her overall best came at the Big 12 Championships when both her preliminary and final race times clocked in at 52.86.
Under Wickard's direction in his first season with the Frogs, TCU earned outdoor Second Team All-America honors in the men's and women's 4x100-meter relay and Honorable Mention accolades in the 4x400-meter relay. In the indoor campaign, the Frogs recorded Second Team honors in the men's 4x400-meter relay.
Wickard spent six years coaching in the ACC, Big 12 and the WAC and mentored 11 All-Americans upon his arrival in Fort Worth.
Before TCU, Wickard coached two seasons at Louisiana Tech. In 2012-13 he mentored a pair of hurdlers - Kim Francis and Yusuf Muhammad - who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing 21st in the 100-meter hurdles and 18th in the 400-meter hurdles, respectively. He also mentored sprinter Trey Hadnot who earned All-America recognition with a third-place finish in the 200-meter at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In his first season, Wickard helped the Lady Techsters claim both the women's indoor and outdoor titles.
A native of Scottsbluff, Neb., Wickard was a volunteer sprints and hurdles coach at North Carolina prior to joining Louisiana Tech. While with the Tarheels, he coached two indoor All-Americans and helped guide the men's team to the ACC Indoor Championships runners-up title, the program's best finish since 2002. He also guided athletes to ACC titles in the 400-meter and the 4x400-meter relay indoors with another All-America honor coming during the outdoor season.
Prior to North Carolina, Wickard spent the 2009 season as the graduate assistant sprints and hurdles coach at Chadron State College in Nebraska where he coached two Division II national qualifiers in the hurdles while his athletes set four indoor school records. Wickard earned his master's of science degree in organizational management while coaching at Chadron State.
During the 2007-08 seasons, Wickard was a volunteer coach at Texas Tech where he helped coach eight all-Americans in the hurdles and relays. Wickard's athletes also claimed six Big 12 individual titles and 14 Midwest Regional qualifiers.
Wickard graduated from Utah State in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in health and wellness while running track with the Aggies. He was a three-time West Region qualifier in the 100m hurdles and advanced to the NCAA Championships. In 2006, he competed at the USA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles.
Director of Track & Field and XC | 11th Season
Darryl Anderson begins his 11th year in charge of the TCU track & field program during the 2014-15 season. Anderson was named head coach after a national search on November 18, 2004.
The 10th season for the Frogs and second season in the Big 12 yielded a national champion and three conferences titles. TCU also had 17 NCAA Championship participants, 11 All-Americans and set four new school records.
"When you look at the progressions, you can see we had a lot of good things happen individually," Anderson said. "Now, the key for us is to start parlaying individual success into team success."
For the third-straight season, Anderson's squad boasted an NCAA Champion in the long jump event. In her senior campaign, Lorraine Ugen won her second title, this time during the indoor season. Her first jump of 6.51m (21-4 ¼) would've been enough to capture the crown, but her marks of 6.55m (21-6) in round two and 6.73m (22-1) in round five ensured the victory.
Ugen would also notch a Big 12 title to her resume during the indoor season. Her winning mark of 6.59m (21-7 ½) on her third try tied the Big 12 Indoor meet record and was the longest in the country at that time.
Ugen's indoor conference championship wasn't the only title earned by Anderson's squad at the meet. Freshman Jordan Moore entered the meet as the favorite to win the 60-meter hurdles and did not disappoint. His time of 7.86 seconds earned the Frogs their second title of the weekend. Moore would cap off his stellar debut season with the 110-meter hurdles crown at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships with a time of 13.64 seconds. His winning time in the 110-meter hurdles tied LaTerance Dunbar's school record.
Anderson's ninth season at the helm of the Horned Frogs' program was one for the record books. A challenging season ended with both the TCU men's and women's teams finishing in the top-25 of the NCAA Outdoor Championships standings, the first time in program history both the men and the women were in the top-25 at the Outdoor Championships. The season featured two national titles, including Charles Silmon's victory in the men's 100-meter dash.
Silmon was not just another sprinter to win the NCAA men's 100-meter dash, he was an elite sprinter at the international level. Through his work with Anderson, Silmon proved throughout 2013 that he was one of the stars of college track and field, and will be a force in the professional ranks for years to come. Silmon won the fastest 100-meter dash final in NCAA history with a wind-aided mark of 9.89 seconds, at the time his third of the year.
Anderson and Silmon were not done as the next destination was to the USA Championships in Des Moines. In his first meet as a professional, Silmon showed his work with Anderson meant he belonged with the elite of United States track and field. He finished third in the men's 100-meter dash in a career-best legal mark of 9.98 seconds to qualify for the IAAF World Championships.
Silmon leaves TCU as the most decorated sprinter to run for Anderson. A nine-time All-American and 12-time conference champion, including four in 2013 during TCU's debut season in the Big 12, Silmon was named a semifinalist for The Bowerman, the most prestigious award in college track and field. He also qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
The efforts of Silmon are not Anderson's first foray onto the international scene. Three of his student-athletes at TCU have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games. The 2008 Olympics in Beijing featured Lewis Banda making his second Olympics in the 400-meter dash for Zimbabwe, and Virgil Hodge competed for Saint Kitts and Nevis in the 100 and 200-meter dash. Justyn Warner competed in the 2012 Olympics in London for Canada in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay.
Noted for his work ethic and coaching style, Anderson has ensured that TCU remains one of the top programs in the nation. His 10 years at the helm of the Horned Frogs have produced five NCAA champions, 104 All-Americans, three team conference championships and 162 event conference championships.
Anderson has also produced versatile athletes that have been able to contribute in a variety of events at a high level. Take TCU's two most recent NCAA women's long jump champions Whitney Gipson and Lorraine Ugen. Gipson, who swept the indoor and outdoor titles in the long jump in 2012 and was a '12 semifinalist for The Bowerman, continued to be an important member of the Frogs' All-American 4x100 relay teams throughout her career. Ugen, the 2013 NCAA champ in the outdoor long jump, has anchored the All-America 4x100 relay the past two seasons. In 2012, Ugen qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100-meter dash.
In 2012, both the men's and women's programs were coming off some of their highest finishes in not only the Anderson era, but TCU history. The TCU men finished tied for 12th at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the highest finish by any TCU team indoors or outdoors under Anderson. The Horned Frogs women have had five top-30 finishes all-time at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, with three in-a-row after finishing tied for 25th at the 2013 Outdoor Championships.
Anderson has embraced the challenge that TCU's move to the Big 12, with the Frogs winning six events across the conference championships in 2013. Silmon earned three individual titles in the indoor 60-meter dash and the outdoor 100 and 200-meter dash. He was joined on the men's 4x100 team by a trio of freshmen, Ronnie Baker, Raymond Bozmans and Harvey McSwain, that brought home a Big 12 title. Other titles came from Chaniqua Corinealdi in the indoor 60-meter dash and Cameron Parker in the outdoor triple jump.
In 2012, Anderson was also honored at the South Central Region's Women's Head Coach of the Year and swept the Women's Coach of the Year honors at the MWC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The awards came after Anderson led the TCU women's teams to a sweep of the Mountain West Indoor and Outdoor team titles. Anderson also won the 2010 Mountain West Men's Indoor Coach of the Year honors.
The 2011 indoor season featured the highest finish by the TCU women's squad in the history of the program when they finished tied for 13th. The effort was powered by Jessica Young's second place in the 60-meter dash, the 4x400 relay's school record effort to finish fifth and Gipson's sixth place in the long jump. Young would go on to finish third in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Young was the featured star for the Frogs at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships when she finished second in the 100-meter dash, joining former TCU Olympian Beverly McDonald as having the highest ever NCAA finish in the women's 100-meter dash.
2008 featured Anderson guiding the TCU women to its first Mountain West team title at the 2008 indoor conference championships. The 2008 South Central Region Coach of the Year and Mountain West Coach of the Year, Anderson also guided the Frogs' men's program to a 12th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The men's 4x400-meter relay finished second at the championships.
The first three years of Anderson's tenure at TCU showed the strength of TCU's relays. From 2005-07, only TCU and LSU qualified all of the men's and women's 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. After the 2006 season,Track and Field Newsnamed TCU as the country's top men's relay program.
The 2006 season was also highlighted by TCU winning its first NCAA title in the Anderson era, with Jackson Langat taking the win in the men's 800-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Prior to coming to TCU, Anderson spent eight seasons at Arizona State, directing the sprints, hurdles and relay events for the Sun Devils. Anderson guided 14 relays to All-America honors (men's 4x100 - three times; men's 4x400 - five times; women's 4x400 - five times; women's 4x100 - one time).
Anderson was honored as the 2004 MONDO Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year for men's sprints and hurdles, as he guided five men and five women to a combined 15 All-America honors. His men's 4x100m relay team logged the fastest time in the nation during the 2004 campaign and garnered national runner-up honors. The ASU men's 4x400 meter relay unit captured its fourth straight Pac-10 title and placed fourth nationally. The Sun Devil men's relays swept both the Pac-10 and NCAA West Region titles, while the women swept the relays at the regional meet. During the indoor season, his men's mile relay unit turned in the fastest collegiate time ever at 3:03.43 on the 300-meter track at Iowa State. On the women's side, freshman Jackie Johnson won the NCAA heptathlon title during the outdoor season and was the indoor pentathlon runner-up, while the 4x400 meter relay unit garnered All-America honors during the outdoor season.
Anderson mentored several individual standouts during his tenure in the Valley of the Sun, including sprinters Marcus Brunson and Lewis Banda. Brunson, the 2001 Pac-10 Athlete of the Year, broke the collegiate indoor 60-meter record and was the NCAA runner-up in that event in 1999. After graduating from ASU, Brunson won the 100m gold medal at the 2001 World University Games. Banda was a three-time All-American in 2004 and an Olympic semifinalist in the 400m dash while competing for Zimbabwe. In 2004, two Anderson-coached 400-meter men sprinters clocked under 45 seconds (44.58 & 44.82), while a female quarter-miler turned in a best time of 51.67.
Prior to his arrival in Tempe, Anderson served as an assistant at Kentucky where the Wildcats won 11 Southeastern Conference sprint titles and set 34 school records. In the process, 15 Wildcat sprinters earned All-America honors. Anderson's most decorated student-athlete was UK's Tim Harden, a 1996 Olympic silver medalist who won three NCAA sprint titles. Harden was selected as the NCAA Indoor and SEC Athlete of the Year in 1995 and 1996. More recently, Harden won the 60m title at the 2001 World Indoor Championships.
Prior to his stint in Lexington, Anderson was an assistant coach for six years at his alma mater, Kansas State University. Anderson led the Wildcats to 20 Big Eight sprint titles and seven conference records. Nine of his athletes earned All-America acclaim and 26 school records were set during his tenure.
Anderson has coached seven Olympians (Arnold Payne, Dwight Phillips, Connie Teaberry, Lewis Banda, Tim Harden, Virgil Hodge and Justyn Warner), several World Championship team members and several USA Junior team members, including Otis McDaniel (2005 PanAm Junior Champion in the 200m) and former Sun Devil Tony Berrian (the 1997 400m junior national champion). In 1995, Anderson was selected to the South coaching staff at the Olympic Festival.
Anderson graduated from Kansas State in 1983 and earned his master's degree from the school in 1985. He and his wife, Claire, have a 27-year old daughter, Kandace, a TCU graduate, a 18-year old son, Isiah, and a 14-year old daughter, Jasmine.
While in Boulder, Fazioli was a member of the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Champions, and in 2004, she was the youngest qualifier for the 2004 Olympic marathon trials. Fazioli also earned recognition as a four-time member of the Big XII All-Academic Team.