Dixon announces the hiring of Tom Herrion and Thomas Montigel

TCU’s new men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon arrives Tuesday, March 21, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins)

TCU head men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon put the finishing touches on his staff with the hiring of Tom Herrion and Thomas Montigel.

Herrion will take over as a special assistant, while Montigel will become the Horned Frogs’ operations coordinator after spending the last couple of seasons as a graduate assistant within the program.

Herrion comes to TCU after being an assistant coach at Georgia Tech since 2014. Before his arrival at Tech, Herrion spent four seasons as the head coach at Marshall, where he led the Thundering Herd to 67 wins and two postseason berths, including the NIT in 2012, which was the program’s first NIT invitation in over 24 years. Herrion guided Marshall to the Conference USA Tournament Championship game versus Memphis in 2012. He also served as College of Charleston’s head coach for four seasons from 2002-06, amassing an 80-38 mark with a second-round appearance in the 2003 NIT.

Prior to his time as a head coach, Herrion, who has compiled a career record of 147-105 and previously served as an associate head coach under Dixon at Pitt from 2007-10, was an assistant under Pete Gillen for eight years at Providence College and Virginia. He helped the Friars compile a 72-53 record, play in two NITs and reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 1997. Herrion also assisted in guiding the Cavaliers to two NITs and one NCAA Tournament, while amassing a 70-49 record.

During his stint with Dixon, the Panthers went 83-24 in three seasons, played in three NCAA Tournaments and won the 2008 Big East Tournament.

Herrion received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Merrimack in 1989 and competed in both baseball and basketball for the Warriors. A native of Oxford, Mass., Herrion was a three-year letterwinner in both basketball and baseball at Oxford High School. Herrion hails from a coaching family. His father, the late Jim Herrion, was a successful high school coach in the New York City Catholic League before becoming an assistant coach at Holy Cross and later the head coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His older brother, Bill, is currently the head basketball coach at the University of New Hampshire and previously served head coaching stints at both East Carolina and Drexel University.

Herrion and his wife, Leslie, have one son.

Montigel moves into the operations coordinator position after serving two seasons as a graduate assistant within the program. The Fort Worth native was a four-year letterman for the Purple and White between 2011-14. During his senior season, Montigel appeared in 25 contests, while starting the final regular-season game against Oklahoma. He was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and graduated from TCU with a degree in finance and entrepreneurial management.

In 2016, Montigel earned his masters degree in liberal arts from TCU. His dad, Bill, is the head men’s golf coach for the Horned Frogs and recruited Dixon to TCU as an assistant coach for the basketball program.



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