TCU Head Coach Richard Sybesma Announces Retirement

Longtime TCU Head Swimming & Diving Coach Richard Sybesma has announced his retirement after 38 years with the Horned Frogs.

Starting out in 1979, Sybesma led the team through five different conferences over five decades. His 38 years as coach makes him the longest tenured coach of any sport in TCU history.

“I have reached a point in my life where I need to put myself, family and health first,” Sybesma said. “With that being said, I have come to a decision to retire.”

“I’ve had an incredible 38 years at TCU and couldn’t imagine a better place to spend my career and raise my family. It’s been an incredible journey. TCU, this program and all the student-athletes I’ve come in contact with hold a special place in my heart. I will always bleed purple and support this program.”

During his time at TCU Sybesma won seven team conference championships, 16 individual league titles, and was named conference coach of the year five times. He produced seven national champions, four Olympians, and 18 All-Americans.

Along with his work at TCU, Sybesma was also the head coach of the 1996 Nicaraguan Olympic Team and conducted swim clinics in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Bahrain. The College Swim Coaches Association honored him with the Master Coach Award in 1992.

Richard Sybesma has been a beloved institution at TCU and in Fort Worth,” TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte said. “He has had an unbelievable impact on the more than 1,000 student-athletes he’s coached and mentored. We can’t thank him enough for what he’s meant to our campus and city.

“We congratulate and wish Richard the best in his retirement. We know he’s excited to begin the next chapter in his life. Richard will always be a Horned Frog!”

Comments

  1. Ron Forrest says:

    Richard….on behalf of all of us who have been ultra proud to be called Horned Frogs… but just as proud to have had the privilege to have been coached by you — THANK YOU for all the years of caring and sacrifice you gave to us!!
    I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you.
    And it’s going to be really weird not having you on a deck. I have so many great memories not only of you as my coach at TCU, but then getting to coach next to you as a coach here in Fort Worth.
    You are also quite simply the best Goodwill ambassador TCU has in the city of Fort Worth.
    Nobody bleeds purple like you do!!
    I hope you get to enjoy it now moving into the position of being the number one TCU Superfan!
    But again — THANK YOU!!

  2. Ron Forrest says:

    Richard….on behalf of all of us who have been ultra proud to be called Horned Frogs… but just as proud to have had the privilege to have been coached by you — THANK YOU for all the years of caring and sacrifice you gave to us!!
    I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you.
    And it’s going to be really weird not having you on a pool deck and the energy you brought to it.
    You are also quite simply the best Goodwill ambassador TCU has in the city of Fort Worth.
    Nobody bleeds purple like you do!!
    I hope you get to enjoy it now moving into the position of being the number one TCU Superfan!
    But again — THANK YOU and enjoy retirement!!

  3. Formerfrogswimmer says:

    Amazing coach and incredible mentor to my son. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Greg says:

    Congrats my friend! A long, impactful and successful run. Thank you!

  5. Seth Huston says:

    Not many people get to coach in one place for 38 years like Richard Sybesma. What a great legacy of mentoring and teaching young people he leaves behind. Above all else Richard is loyal to his athletes and his coaches and expected his athletes and his staff to have class and pride in themselves, the swim team and TCU. Congrats on long and successful career and I know you and Wendy will enjoy retirement. Go Frogs!

  6. David Johnson says:

    Richard:

    I have always enjoyed your friendship
    And getting together to meet with our swimmers from the NEISD and Alamo Area
    Aquatics.
    Enjoy your “new life” and have a great time
    Congratulations.

  7. Dave Collins says:

    Congrats Richard! I always enjoyed our conversations and will always remember the time the Bears & Frogs joined forces in Tulsa for the weekend! Enjoy a well deserved retirement!

  8. Brittany Roth says:

    Congratulations, Richard! It has been an honor getting to work with you these past 4 years. Enjoy the days ahead in retirement!

  9. korn says:

    Who were the seven national champions! 38 years is a long career at one school and to be the one and only coach for that college!

  10. Stan Crump says:

    Good for you, Richard! I enjoyed our association and all of the competitions our teams had. Congrats on a great career!!

  11. Brad Flood says:

    Congratulations on a stellar career Richard. While I only had the pleasure of coaching in the same conference for one year in the ’92-’93 season, I admired your work from then on and always enjoyed the occasion when our paths would cross.

    Best Wishes to you in your well deserved retirement. From one retiree to another: “Come on in, the waters great!!”

  12. Bob Boettner says:

    Richard, what an accomplishment 38 years with the same program. Enjoy your retirement come visit me in Colorado.

  13. Tcufrogfan says:

    Whose going to take over at tcu?

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