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Darryl Anderson will begin his 10th season in charge of the TCU track & field program in 2014. Anderson was named head coach after a national search on November 18, 2004.
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 nine years at the helm of the Horned Frogs have produced four NCAA champions, 93 All-Americans, three team conference championships and 159 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.
Both the men's and women's programs are 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 News named 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 25-year old daughter, Kandace, a TCU graduate, a 16-year old son, Isiah, and a 12-year old daughter, Jasmine.