TCU has its replacement for longtime baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle, and they didn’t have to go far to find him, as they turn to the team’s current assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kirk Saarloos.
Saarloos has been an assistant with the TCU baseball team since 2012 and in 2013 was promoted to also oversee recruiting. Saarloos has plenty of accolades to his name. He was named the 2016 D1Baseball.com National Assistant Coach of the Year and as recruiting coordinator, TCU’s recruiting classes have been some of the best in the nation, coming in at #13 this past year, and as high as #4 in 2019.
Saarloos’ leadership of the pitching staff was a big reason the program made four straight trips to the College World Series from 2014-17. Over the last nine seasons, the Horned Frogs rank fourth nationally in team earned run average (3.26) and seventh in shutouts (53).
In a statement, AD Jeremiah Donati said, “I am thrilled that Kirk Sarloos has accepted our offer to become TCU’s next head baseball coach. It became very apparent from our meetings with numerous current and former baseball student-athletes that this program is about the family-like atmosphere and amazing culture that exists among the players, coaches and staff. One of the biggest objectives in this search was finding a coach who would make preserving these values a priority.”
Saarloos played his college ball at Cal State Fullerton and then was drafted in the third round, the 86th overall pick, in 2001 by the Houston Astros. He spent seven seasons pitching in the major leagues with Houston (2002-03), the Oakland Athletics (2004-06, 2008) and Cincinnati Reds (2007). He made 165 appearances, including 73 starts.
Saarloos and his wife, Kristen, have a son, Brady, and two daughters, Emery and Lane.