Coggins named women’s basketball assistant

By The Mercury

New Kansas State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie finalized his coaching staff by promoting Claire Coggins to assistant coach.

Coggins served as K-State’s director of video operations in 2012-13 and was the team’s director of basketball operations last year.

The former All-Big 12 selection for the Wildcats and member of the 2004 Big 12 champion team finishes out a staff that includes associate head coach Brian Ostermann assistant Ebony Gilliam.

“I am pleased to announce Claire Coggins’ promotion to assistant coach,” Mittie said in a release Monday morning. “Claire has been a true K-Stater throughout her playing days and her career as a young coach. She has the attitude and work ethic we look for in our players and that is necessary to put together a championship program.”

Coggins was a two-time All-Big 12 second-team pick for K-State and the most valuable player of the 2006 WNIT. She finished her career with 1,236 points.

After her time in Manhattan as a student-athlete, Coggins spent the 2007 season with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and then played the 2008 season with Panathanaikos in Athens, Greece.

Prior to returning to Manhattan before the 2011-12 season, Coggins served three seasons as an assistant at Oklahoma City University and Connors State. In her only season with OKC, Coggins aided head coach Rob Edmisson in guiding the Stars to a 35-1 record and the sixth NAIA Division-I title in the program’s history.

Coggins is a native of Lee’s Summit, Mo.

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