Patterson Agrees To New Long-Term Contract
Dec. 2, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU chancellor Dr. Victor Boschini and athletics director Chris Del Conte have announced that football coach Gary Patterson has agreed to a new contract through 2016.
Patterson's previous deal ended in 2014. As a private institution, TCU does not release salary figures.
One of three finalists for the 2009 George Munger Award, recognizing the nation's top coach, Patterson has led TCU to a 12-0 record for the first time in program history. The Horned Frogs are ranked fourth and are in position for their first BCS appearance.
"For numerous years, Coach Patterson has led the Horned Frog football team through many exciting seasons, including this year's history-breaking season," Boschini said. "He has provided student-athletes on the football team a great experience, which has carried over to the entire campus and into the Fort Worth community and beyond.
"In addition, his work supports TCU's overall goal to provide students with a total 24/7 university experience that includes great academics, an excellent residential experience and opportunities to see exciting NCAA Division I sports on campus."
Patterson has produced six 10-win seasons in the last eight years, including five 11-win campaigns since 2003. No other coach in TCU history has more than two 10-win seasons.
TCU's current 14-game winning streak is the third longest in the nation and has tied a school record from the 1937-38 campaigns.
Patterson is the 2009 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year. He also received league coach of the year accolades in 2002 and 2005.
"TCU has allowed our staff the opportunity to keep pushing our football program to new heights," Patterson said. "I would like to thank Chancellor Boschini, the Board of Trustees, Chris Del Conte and our athletics administration for providing the support for TCU and Fort Worth to be proud to have one of the best programs in the nation."
Patterson's 85-27 (.759) record is the best mark of the four coaches at TCU to be on the sideline for at least 100 games. He is second on the Horned Frogs' all-time victory list, trailing only Dutch Meyer (109, 1934-52).
Patterson's .759 winning percentage is second among TCU coaches with more than 20 games under their belt and fifth among active coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
"Gary Patterson is a perfect fit at TCU," Del Conte said. "We are most appreciative of the commitment Gary and Kelsey have made to TCU and Fort Worth.
"There's tremendous momentum around our football program and in the community. Gary and his staff have done an excellent job. We believe we have the best coach in America and are excited to have him as a Horned Frog for many years to come."
TCU is fourth in the current BCS standings, representing the highest appearance ever by a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference. TCU has appeared in the BCS standings 35 times, ranking second among schools from a non-automatic qualifying conference.
At No. 4 in the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25, TCU has its highest appearance in a poll since the 1956 campaign.
Since arriving at TCU as defensive coordinator in 1998, Patterson has guided the Frogs to five conference titles and 11 bowl games in 12 seasons. TCU is one of just seven programs to have a current bowl winning streak of at least four games.
TCU is 7-3 in bowl games with Patterson on its coaching staff and 5-3 with him as head coach. Prior to Patterson's arrival on campus in 1998, the Frogs had just four bowl wins in their history.
The Frogs are 13-3 in their last 16 games against teams from leagues with automatic BCS bids, including a 5-2 mark versus the Big 12 the past five seasons.
In nine seasons as a head coach, Patterson has coached 113 All-Conference selections, seven All-Americans, 10 Freshman All-Americans and one Academic All-American.
In four of its five seasons in the Mountain West, TCU has set the pace on the all-conference teams. The Frogs had a school record 19 selections this season, 18 selections in 2005 and 2008, 14 in 2006 and 11 in 2007.
In his tenure as TCU's head coach, Patterson has had 21 players drafted with a total of 41 in NFL camps.