TCU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Reagan Pebley to step down

TCU Women’s Basketball Coach Raegan Pebley is set to step down following the conclusion of the regular season.



TCU coach Raegan Pebley calls a play for her team during the first half against Baylor in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

By Brendan Healy and Ethan Love

TCU women’s basketball head coach Reagan Pebley announced to the team on Monday that she will step down as head coach at the end of the regular season. Steven Johnson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram first reported the news.

This comes after two consecutive seasons of failing to surpass two wins in Big 12 play. The two unsuccessful seasons were the worst of Pebley’s career at TCU.

Pebley will finish the season with the Horned Frogs and coach in their two remaining Big 12 matchups.

“TCU has my heart,” Pebley said today in her statement. “This school, this city and most of all the people have been so special to my family and I.”

She also spoke about the importance of timing when making a decision and announcement like this, ensuring the program has plenty of time to find her successor.

Pebley has coached the Frogs since 2014, when she came to Fort Worth after having previously coached for Fresno State from 2012-2014 and at Utah State from 2003-2012.

For the first six years under Pebley, the Frogs were a competitive team that was either at or surpassing .500 in conference matchups.

From the 2017 to 2020 seasons, however, the Frogs were far more than competitive. TCU reeled off three straight seasons of 20 or more wins, including a deep run in the Women’s NIT tournament in the 2018-19 season. Pebley set the record for most conference wins at TCU with 13 in the 2019-2020 season and was one win away from setting the record for most wins in a season in 2018-19 with 24.

With such an impressive burst of seasons, the Frogs looked to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 when the Frogs’ previous head coach Jeff Mittie was at the helm. Unfortunately for Pebley and the Horned Frogs, COVID-19 derailed the season in 2020. The pandemic brought any success from promising campaign to a grinding halt, and ultimately the Horned Frogs never recovered.

Since those three prolific seasons, TCU has won seven games and lost 45 in Big 12 Conference play.

Pebley is also one of only two TCU women’s basketball coaches to win at least 100 games as the head coach. The other was Jeff Mittie, who is currently a head coach for the Kansas State Wildcats.

Coach Pebley may not have led the Horned Frogs to the heights that the previous administration had seen, but she did lead them to creating a culture centered around love and respect. Win or lose, Coach Pebley could be found in the post-game conference speaking about how much she adored her players.

Adored by players, fans and staff alike, Coach Pebley’s time at TCU will be one not soon forgotten. Her final game as head coach for the TCU Horned Frogs will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena.