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Darryl Anderson enters his ninth year at the helm of the TCU track & field program in 2013. Anderson was named head coach after a national search on November 18, 2004.
In just eight seasons as head coach of the Horned Frogs' program, Anderson has combined a tireless work ethic with a tremendous coaching style that has molded TCU into one of the top track and field programs in the country. Anderson's success is clearly displayed in the 79 All-Americans, three Olympians and two United States 4x100 relay pool selections in Charles Silmon and Jessica Young.
During his tenure, the Frogs dominated the Mountain West Conference, capturing the indoor and outdoor women's conference titles in 2012 and the overall women's conference title in 2008 to go along with 115 conference champions and 16 individual conference honors throughout his seven years.
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.
Whitney Gipson was the star of the TCU track and field program in 2012. During the indoor season, Gipson won four of five long jump competitions, including the MWC title and the NCAA Championship with a record jump of 22-8 in the finals. During outdoor season, Gipson sustained her dominance into the outdoor season. She took the titles in the Penn Relays and MWC Championships before finishing second behind teammate Lorraine Ugen at the NCAA West Preliminaries. Two weeks later at the NCAA Championships, Gipson completed the season sweep of national long jump titles.
Gipson's efforts helped earn TCU a 23rd-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 30th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Anderson's teams have now earned four top-30 efforts during his tenure in charge of the Horned Frogs.
The journey was not done for Gipson, as three weeks later at the U.S. Olympic Trials she missed out on the NCAA Championships by one spot, finishing fourth. However, she re-set the school standard for the event with a jump of 22-10 ½. Gipson also won Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year across all sports and was a finalist for the Bowerman Award, the highest honor in college track and field.
Charles Silmon also represented TCU at the 2012 Olympic Trials, reaching the semifinals of the 100 and 200-meter dash. As a junior, Silmon earned All-American honors in the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He collected a combined four MWC titles, winning the 100 and 4x100 during the outdoor season and the 60 and 200 in the indoor campaign. Silmon will be one of the top contenders in the Big 12 and NCAA competitions in the sprint events.
The success of Anderson's pupils extended to London and the Summer Olympics. Former TCU sprinter Justyn Warner competed in the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay for Canada. Warner, a three-time All-American under Anderson in Fort Worth, reached the semifinals of the 100 and the finals of the 4x100 relay.
Though the 2011 season didn't feature a nation al champion, it was filled with successful competitors. Jessica Young was one of the fastest Horned Frogs to ever wear the purple and white as she finished her career with a second-place effort in the 60-meter dash during the NCAA Indoor Championships, and third in the 100-meters at the Outdoor Championships.
The Indoor season was particularly fruitful for the TCU women, as they earned their highest-ever finish at the NCAA Championships with a 13th-place finish. Joining Young among the All-Americans were Gipson in the long jump in sixth place and the 4x400-meter relay team of Quinterra Charles, Kristal Juarez, Teneshia Peart and Young who finished fifth in a school record time of 3:34.00. Gipson also earned All-America honors in the outdoor long jump with a fourth-place effort. On the men's side, Silmon claimed second-team All-America honors in the 100 and 200-meter dash and won the Outstanding Male Performance Award at the 2011 MWC Championships. The Horned Frogs earned 20 total MWC titles across indoor and outdoor in 2011.
The 2010 season saw the TCU earn six All-America accolades, 21 Mountain West Conference champions and snap 15 program marks between the indoor and outdoor performances. Senior Neidra Convington had a standout campaign in her final season in Fort Worth, garnering All-American standard during the indoor season in the triple jump and again during outdoors in the triple jump and long jump. Covington also turned in stellar triple jump performances with wins at the historic Penn Relays and Texas Relays. Juniors Festus Kigen and Kristal Juarez picked up their first career All-American standard in 2010. Anderson was named the 2010 Mountain West Conference Indoor Men's Coach of the Year after the Frogs, earned runner-up honors in the final team standings on both sides. For the meet, TCU won 10 conference titles, posted 16 NCAA provisional marks, set two meet records and broke one school and complex record.
In 2009, the Frogs had three student-athletes and one relay named All-Americans following the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Jessica Young garnered All-America honors by crossing the line second in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.22. Her second-place finish at NCAA's in the 100 tied for the highest ever finish by a Horned Frog in the event with Olympian Beverly McDonald. Neidra Covington also collected All-America honors following an eighth-place performance in the women's triple jump, while freshman Whitney Gipson posted her first All-America showing in Fayetteville in the women's long jump. She was the only freshman in the nation to make the finals in the long jump at the NCAA Championships. The men's 4x100, which consisted of Mark Barnes, Otis McDaniel, Mychal Dungey and Justyn Warner, picked up All-America recognition by clocking a time of 39.50 seconds to finish in eighth-place.
At the regional level in 2009, Anderson helped Kishelle Paul claim the regional championship in the women's 400-meter hurdles for the second-consecutive season to lead the then No. 25 ranked Horned Frogs women to a fourth-place finish on the final day of the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional. As a team the TCU women recorded their highest regional finish since collecting fourth-place honors in 2006.
During the conference outdoor championships, TCU posted 23 NCAA regional qualifying marks, won 10 of 28 events and set seven new complex records at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Championships. Both the men's and women's teams earned runner-up honors. Following the conference meet TCU had 20 student-athletes named to the Mountain West Conference All-Conference team.
With Anderson's tutelage, the Horned Frogs women closed the NCAA Indoor meet in 22nd-place. At the time, the 22nd-place finish was the programs highest finish on the women's side at the NCAA Indoors since 1983. In the women's 60 meters, Young captured All-America honors by finishing in fourth-place with a time of 7.27 seconds. At the time, Young posted the highest finish ever in the women's 60 meters for a Horned Frog at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The women's 4x400 also clocked a fourth-place finish, the highest finish posted by a women's 4x400 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in program history.
In 2008, Anderson was named 2008 Indoor South Central Regional Coach of the Year, while also being honored as the Mountain West Conference Women's Coach of the Year. Anderson guided the TCU women to its first Mountain West Conference Indoor Championship, winning its first conference title since 2004. The men also had a banner indoor season in which they placed 12th at the NCAA Championships, which was the fourth-highest finish in program history at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Highlights included Virgil Hodge placing seventh overall in the women's 200 meters to earn All-America honors for the sixth-time of her career and Covington securing two All-America certificates in both the long and triple jump. On the men's side, the 4x400 relay of Che Chavez, Dell Guy, Clemore Henry and Matthew Love blazed to a runner-up performance to lead the TCU men with a time of 3:06.19.
During the 2008 outdoor season, Anderson guided the Horned Frogs 4x400 units to the Penn Relays title. The men's unit collected TCU's first title since 2000 and only the second 4x400 title in TCU's prestigious history at the Penn Relays. Not to be outdone, the women's 4x400 unit of Jessica Clarke, Shekila Wilkinson, Meaghan Peoples and Kishelle Paul won the college division of the 4x400 in Philadelphia. At the 2008 MWC Championships in Fort Worth, TCU posted 25 NCAA regional qualifying marks, won 15 of the 27 events, set a new St. Kitts national record and recorded two new meet records on the final day of competition.
Kishelle Paul also had a stellar outing at the Midwest Regional as she claimed the regional championship in the women's 400-meter hurdles. The men's 4x100, Paul (400-meter hurdles), Virgil Hodge (100 meters), Andon Mitchell (100 meters), Otis McDaniel (200 meters) and Jonathan Jackson (Triple Jump) all earned NCAA Automatic bids at the regional. The Horned Frogs put the final touches on the 2008 season in Des Moines, Iowa at the NCAA Championships. Under Anderson, TCU had five different individuals collect All-America certificates at Drake Stadium: Joe Brown (Javelin), Mychal Dungey (200 Meters and 4x100), and the men's 4x100 unit consisting of Justyn Warner, Dungey, Andon Mitchell and Otis McDaniel.
In the summer of 2008, Anderson helped Virgil Hodge make it to the quarterfinals in both the 100 and 200 at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In 2007, Anderson had seven individuals and all four relay teams compete at the outdoor championships, while one individual and one relay team qualified at the indoor championships.
At the 2007 outdoor championships, TCU was one of just six schools in the country that had all four relay teams compete. In fact, TCU and LSU were the only schools in the country to have had all four relay teams qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships from 2005-07. TCU's 11 All-America honors were broken down between seven student-athletes. The women's team earned 10 of the honors, while the men's team was represented by Jonathan Jackson.
In its second season in the Mountain West Conference, TCU displayed its strength at the conference meet with 15 event titles. TCU had 16 individuals named to the All-Mountain West Conference Outdoor team. The women's team placed second and the men finished fourth in San Diego.
In 2006, Anderson coached an NCAA Champion, had 13 athletes earn All-America honors and coached 18 athletes to conference titles. Between indoor and outdoor, TCU won 25 event titles. The program was also represented well at the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Jackson Langat won the NCAA title in the 800 meters to give TCU its first individual title since Kim Collins won the 60 meters and 200 meters at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The men's 4x400 relay team of Lewis Banda, Quincy Butler, Otis McDaniel and Jackson Langat placed eighth at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, TCU had three relay team's earn All-America honors. The men's 4x400 relay team of Che Chavez, Delwayne Delaney, Jackson Langat and Lewis Banda placed second, while the men's 4x100 relay team of Bradley Reed, McDaniel, Justyn Warner and Banda finished fourth. On the women's side, the 4x400 relay team of Deborah Jones, Marquita Davis, Kishelle Paul and Nathandra John placed seventh and the 4x100 relay team qualified for the prelims.
Following the season, TCU earned a lofty honor from Track and Field News, which tabbed TCU as the country's top men's relay team for the 2006 season.
Joining Langat at the NCAA Indoor Championships as an individual was Banda, who placed third in the 400 meters, and Virgil Hodge, who qualified in the 60 meters and 200 meters.
In addition to the four relay teams that qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, TCU had 13 individuals qualify - six men and seven women. Including the four relays, TCU was represented in 17 events.
In his first season, Anderson made an immediate impact by sending TCU's women's 4x400 relay team to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in school history, as the quartet of Marquita Davis, Deborah Jones, Donita Harmon and Nathandra John garnered All-America honors at the national meet. In addition, the Frogs had three individuals represent the school on the women's side in Harmon (200m), John (400m), and MaKeatha Cooper (100m hurdles).
In the summer of 2006 Anderson had three current Frogs perform well on the international stage. Justyn Warner placed second for Canada in the 100 meters at the IAAF Junior Championships, while Otis McDaniel claimed gold in the 200 at the NACAC Under 23 Track & Field Championships and Virgil Hodge placed second in the 200 and third in the 100 at the Central American and Caribbean Games.
Anderson's 2005 campaign saw the Horned Frogs claim several event titles. The women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams both captured gold at the C-USA Outdoor Championships with the 4x4 squad of M. Davis, D. Jones, Harmon and John breaking the meet and the Lewis/Tellez Track Complex stadium record (3:34.82). The same foursome also took the title in the same relay event at the conference indoor meet in February.
The men's team found success on the track. Kip Kangogo was the most decorated athlete in 2005 as he collected six gold medals, including the distance medley relay that included Johnathan Bundren, Quincy Butler and Jackson Langat. Kangogo took first place in the 3000m, 5000m and one mile at the C-USA Indoor Championships, and captured two more at the conference outdoor meet in the 3000m and 5000m events. His time in the outdoor 5000m (13:47.11) set a new school record. Bradley Reed picked up his first career gold in the 100 meters (10.46) at the C-USA Outdoor Championships, while Langat added another shining medal to his collection at the same conference meet as he posted a 1:47.38 for top honors in the 800 meters. The men's 4x400 meter relay unit captured gold in the C-USA Outdoor Championships as the foursome of Butler, Jacob Hernandez, Langat and Brett Wilson turned in a time of 3:05.70.
Prior to coming to TCU, Anderson spent the past eight seasons at Arizona State, directing the sprints, hurdles and relay events for the Sun Devils. A mentor of over 50 All-Americans in his 20-year coaching career, including 21 at ASU, Anderson has 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 six Olympians (Arnold Payne, Dwight Phillips, Connie Teaberry, Lewis Banda, Tim Harden 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 23-year old daughter, Kandace, a recent TCU graduate, a 14-year old son, Isiah, and a 10-year old daughter, Jasmine.