Assistant Coach | 3rd Season
Kent State | 2004
Eric Haut has completed three seasons with the TCU men's basketball program and two campaigns as an assistant coach after spending 2008-09 as the Frogs' Director of Basketball Operations.
A former standout at Kent State under head coach Jim Christian, Haut is primarily responsible for the development of the TCU guards. In each of his first two seasons with the Frogs, Haut helped guide a pair of All-Mountain West Conference selections in point guards Hank Thorns (2010-11 Third Team) and Ronnie Moss (2009-10 Second Team).
Thorns, a transfer to the Frog program from Virginia Tech, produced one of the top seasons ever for a TCU point guard in 2010-11, as he finished as the only individual ranked among the nation's top-12 players in both assists per game (No. 4) and assist-turnover ratio (No. 12). His 225 helpers ranked No. 2 in MWC single-season history and No. 3 for top outputs by a Frog. Thorns also averaged scoring in double figures, and his 342 total points ranked second on the squad to only teammate Garlon Green.
Fellow junior J.R. Cadot also had a breakthrough season for the Frogs in 2010-11 after transferring from Sheridan (Wyo.) College. Cadot, the team's leader in both rebounding and field-goal percentage, showed a preview of what could be a bright senior season by scoring in double figures in seven of his last eight games.
Moss' 2009-10 season saw the sophomore become the first Frog to lead the team in both scoring (14.9 per game) and assists (5.9 per game) in nearly a decade since former great Corey Santee (2001-02). His assist numbers ranked him among the nation's leaders, while he also led the MWC in the category. By the end of his junior season, Moss had become only the fifth player in program history to amass 1,000 points and 300 assists in a career.
In his first season, Haut served as the program's Director of Basketball Operations where he oversaw the team's budget, travel accommodations, summer camp and clinics in addition to the program's student manager program.
The Kent State Days
Haut spent three seasons under Christian at Kent State after serving one season as its Director of Basketball Operations followed by two seasons as an assistant coach from 2006-08.
As a member of the Kent State staff during the 2007-08 campaign, Haut aided the Golden Flashes to a 28-7 record en route to earning their first top-25 ranking in program history, peaking at 23rd by the Associated Press and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today polls. The Golden Flashes also advanced to their second NCAA Tournament in three seasons as the number-nine seed, which was the highest seed in program history.
The Western Kentucky Days
After graduation, Haut worked as a graduate assistant coach at Western Kentucky during the 2004-05 season under former WKU head coach and current University of South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn.
The Playing Days
Haut was a four-year standout for the Golden Flashes during his playing career as he was a member of the Kent State team that advanced to the Elite Eight during the 2001-02 season. The Lansing, Mich., native concluded his playing career ranked second in the Kent State record books with 200 three-pointers and finished with 983 total points for the Golden Flashes.
During his junior campaign, Haut connected on 41.6 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts, which was the second-highest single-season rate in Kent State history. For his career, Haut connected on 40.5 percent treys to go along with 83.9 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe.
In his four-year career with the Golden Flashes, Haut appeared in 123 games and helped Kent State post a 98-34 overall record to go along with four consecutive Mid-American Conference East Division titles and three MAC Tournament Championship game appearances.
Off the Court
Haut and his wife, Tonya, were married in the summer of 2009 and reside in Fort Worth. Tonya has completed 10 seasons as an assistant coach for the TCU women's basketball program.
A 2004 graduate of Kent State, Haut earned his bachelor's degree in business. He is a member of the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches).