Off the Track with head coach Darryl Anderson
July 19, 2007
GoFrogs.com recently sat down with TCU track and field head coach Darryl Anderson as he prepares for his fourth year with the Flyin' Frogs.
In 2007, TCU earned 11 All-America certificates among seven student-athletes. The women's team closed the season ranked No. 23 by Trackwire. In conference action, TCU won 15 event titles and had 16 individuals named to the All-Mountain West Conference Outdoor team.
GoFrogs.com: What was this past season like?
GF: How did your athletes perform at the conference level?
GF: How does winning awards sell your program?
GF: How does your athletes competing internationally help your program?
GF: What are your thoughts on hosting three home meets next season?
GF: Talk a little bit about your student-athletes coming in this fall?
We added another presence in the throws with Stormy Harrison (Cisco, Texas). She will throw both the shot and the disc for us after being nationally ranked in both at Cisco High School. It allows us more diversity and gives Candis Kelley, who won the Mountain West Indoor and Outdoor Title in the shot put for the second straight season, a training partner. They will be able to push each other and make each other better. Assistant coach John Kenneson is doing a super job enhancing that unit.
We also added a couple of junior college kids in Meaghan Ryan (Lake Havasu, Ariz.) and Jessica Clarke (New York, N.Y.) that bring a lot to the table and will add a lot of different elements. Clarke will compete in all sprints and on both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, while Meaghan will help us in the heptathlon and pentathlon.
On the men's side, we had a really good recruiting year. We added Mychal Dungey (Austin, Texas), who's one of the fastest seniors in the country in the 200 meters. He's got great range. Jordan Pitts (Greenville, Texas) was one of the best hurdlers in the state of Texas and will be a candidate for both of our relay teams. He was the state runner-up in the 110-meter high hurdles at the 2007 and 2006 Texas 4A State Championships. Matt Love (Cleveland, Ohio) was a late bloomer that has exhibited great range. He will help fill a void in the 400 meters. Sean Zurko (Nevada, Las Vegas) also has great range and can run the mile and the quarter. Finally, Andon Mitchell (Grenada) will add to our sprints unit after a great career at Central Arizona Community College.
Overall, I like to have a team that has a lot of range and can do a variety of things. That is how we got better this past year and that's how we are going to be better this year. I feel that the pieces are in place to have a great opportunity to start moving back up the ranks.
GF: What are your thoughts on your team heading into next season?
When you look at this men's team, we've got a chance to come back and be back in the game again. It's almost like pushing the reset button. It is great that we have Otis McDaniel, Jonathan Jackson and many other returning to add to the talented incoming kids. I'm elated and ready to get this thing going. I'm bouncing off the walls ready to go.
GF: What's the difference between the program when you first got here compared to now?
We have to start having kids learn to become leaders. At the end of the day, there are a lot of team dynamics that go into this sport. If you are not taking it and approaching it as a team, you are never going to have long-term success.
The bottom line is we are setting this up to move to the next level. We have the desire to be a top-10 team, a top-4 team and the desire to walk away with the big trophy at the end. I think that we can do these things.