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TCU hires Kirk Saarloos as baseball coach, replacing Jim Schlossnagle

Saarloos has been an assistant with the Horned Frogs since 2012.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Christian University baseball has hired longtime assistant coach Kirk Saarloos as their new head coach, the university announced Tuesday afternoon. 

Saarloos replaces Jim Schlossnagle, who left his 18-year perch atop the Horned Frogs baseball program to take the job at Texas A&M last week.

"There's no reason to turn this place upside down," Saarloos said. "It's been successful.  Jim did a great job in terms of outlining what a college baseball team should look like."

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Saarloos takes over a TCU program that has gone to the College World Series five times over the last dozen years.

Schlossnagle took the helm at Texas A&M one week ago, Tuesday. The TCU baseball season had ended three days prior, in the NCAA Regionals.

The day Schlossnagle left, TCU announced they would conduct a national search to replace him.  The players within the TCU program made it very clear to athletic director Jeremiah Donati, you don't need a national search. Kirk Saarloos and fellow assistant Bill Mosiello were already here. And the players believed they need to stay.

"We just thought it was our jobs and our responsibility," graduating senior Zach Humphreys said, "that we needed to make it known to Jeremiah Donati that this is what these guys do in the program, this is their role, this is how instrumental they have been to us in our careers, and we had to make it known how important they were to TCU baseball."

Ultimately, Saarloos was the choice. But Mosiello will stay with the Frogs, too.

"For you guys to step up, and go to bat for Coach Mo and myself, means a lot," Saarloos said, addressing his players directly, during the press conference. "It means a ton."

Saarloos has been the pitching coach for TCU since 2012, and has been instrumental in the recruiting process for the Horned Frogs throughout his nine years in Fort Worth.  Now he'll continue to shape the foundation of the TCU program, as they enter a new era together.

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