Michelle Royal is in her eighth season with the Horned Frogs. She joined the TCU staff in the fall of 2003 as the director of soccer operations and was promoted to assistant coach by head coach Dan Abdalla in the spring of 2005.
In her time with the Horned Frogs, Royal has helped in numerous capacities. As the director of operations, she was responsible for handling the daily functions of the office. Since her promotion to assistant coach, Royal spends her time on the recruiting trail as well as coaching the team.
In 2008, Royal helped the midfielders at TCU rewrite numerous school records. Under her watch, Jackie Torda was named to the MWC All-Tournament team, while TCU posted the best overall record in school history with a 14-4-2 record, including a 4-2-1 mark in the Mountain West Conference. Royal also helped TCU qualify for the MWC Tournament, helping the Horned Frogs make the semifinals.
The 2007 season was a successful one as Royal helped senior Angie Nickens garner second-team all-conference honors. TCU also qualified for the MWC Tournament for the second-time in three years.
Off the field, Royal has assisted with various North Texas State team selections the past three seasons as well as being a part of the Region 3 ODP Camp Staff in 2007.
She currently holds a USSF `C' License and has helped coach several youth soccer clubs the past six years.
Prior to her arrival at TCU, Royal was a midfielder at Texas A&M. She helped lead the Aggies to four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2001. She scored five goals and had 11 assists in 66 career games at A&M, while also helping Texas A&M win the Big 12 Tournament in 2001. The 1998 Regional All-Freshmen Team selection, was also a Big 12 Conference Second-Team honoree in 2001.
The Arlington, Texas, native is a graduate of Martin High School. Royal earned a degree in Sports Management from Texas A&M in 2003. She graduated with her masters in education at TCU in May of 2005.