Texas officials will hire TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte

The University of Texas has a new leader in the athletic department.

Prior to Del Conte's work at TCU he served as Athletic Director for the Rice Owls from 2006 - 2010.

Chris Del Conte was instrumental in guiding TCU into the Big 12 in 2012, and now he is reportedly headed to join the program widely regarded as the conference's top dog. He succeeds Mike Perrin, who was hired in 2015 after former athletic director Steve Patterson was forced out after less than two years.

The surprise move was announced Saturday by Texas President Greg Fenves, and Del Conte will start his new job Monday. "Everybody's been thinking about it, and Chris has always been somebody that's been talked about". He was earning roughly $700,000 annually with the Horned Frogs, and now he is expected to earn about $1 million with Texas. According to his bio on the TCU website, Del Conte fund raised over $300 million in projects that were all donor funded. The football team won a Rose Bowl over Wisconsin and lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship earlier this month, and the baseball team has reached the College World Series the last three consecutive seasons.

Del Conte also oversaw multiple facility upgrades including the $164 million construction of the new Amon G. Carter. Del Conte departs Fort Worth after serving at TCU for eight years. Jamie Dixon, hired in March 2016 as head men's basketball coach, received National Coach of the Year accolades at Pittsburgh.