Texas Christian University Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield has been named the 2016 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Coach of the Year. She was selected by a vote of her peers this week at the NCEA's spring meetings in Fort Worth, Texas.
“It is my privilege to work and serve among such an outstanding group of coaches and administrators," Schoolfield said. “I am profoundly honored and humbled to be chosen as the NCEA's Coach of the Year. Without an incredible team, staff, and administrators at TCU, none of the pieces of our great year would have come together."
Schoolfield guided the Horned Frogs to the program's first National Championship Runner-Up performance at the 2016 NCEA National Championships last month in Waco. The Horned Frogs made NCEA history by becoming the lowest seed ever to advance to the finals under the current format. In the end, the Frogs became the first Big 12 Conference team to compete in the finals against an SEC foe.
Individually, Schoolfield helped six student-athletes earn All-Championship accolades, while Megan McMullen was named Most Outstanding Player in Horsemanship at nationals. TCU had four student-athletes earn NCEA All-America accolades this season, including junior Molly Peddicord who claimed All-America honors in two disciplines. The program also had two Big 12 Conference Riders of the Year and four all-conference selections in 2015-16.
Outside the show ring, Schoolfield had seven student-athletes honored as part of the prestigious Beval Saddlery Academic Team, including two first-team honorees. The Purple and White also had 12 student-athletes named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Equestrian Team, while the Frogs had two horses wrap-up the season ranked in the top-10 horses nationally.
NCEA Coach of the Year Award History
2016 Haley Schoolfield, TCU
2015 Boo Major, South Carolina
2014 Boo Major, South Carolina
2013 Larry Sanchez, Oklahoma State
2012 Stacy Sanderson, Baylor (assistant)