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Mittie adds Gilliam to coaching staff

By The Mercury

New Kansas State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie named Ebony Gilliam to his coaching staff this week, joining associate head coach Brian Ostermann. Gilliam, like Ostermann, was on Mittie’s staff at TCU.

“I am excited to add Ebony to our staff here at Kansas State,” Mittie said in a press release. “She is an outstanding basketball coach and has developed tremendous recruiting ties throughout Texas and the Midwest. Her experience as a player both at the collegiate and professional levels will benefit our players and staff.”

Gilliam was promoted to assistant coach at TCU prior to the start of the 2012-13 season and served two seasons under Mittie. Prior to her promotion, Gilliam was the Horned Frogs’ director of operations for two seasons.

Before she returned to her alma mater, Gilliam spent four years as a high school teacher and head girls basketball coach in the Fort Worth area, including two seasons at area power Dunbar High School. She led the Wildcats to a 57-14 overall record in her tenure with a pair of District 7-4A championships and state playoff appearances. Gilliam was named district coach of the year, while leading the squad to a perfect 18-0 record in 7-4A play. Prior to her stint at Dunbar, she spent the previous two seasons as head coach at Trimble Tech High School.

A product of Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Texas, Gilliam, formerly Ebony Shaw, experienced one of the most successful playing careers in TCU history from 2000-04. At the conclusion of her playing career, she was tied for second in school history with 130 career games played and was eighth in starts with 87. She scored 1,156 points and finished her career sixth on TCU’s all-time scoring list. Overall, she is among the top-10 players in 13 major career statistical categories for the Horned Frogs.

During her playing career at TCU, Gilliam helped the Horned Frogs to the first four NCAA tournament appearances in school history. The Frogs advanced to the second round in each trip to the tournament. In addition to the postseason appearances, Gilliam also helped TCU claim its first four conference titles in 2001 (WAC regular season and tournament), 2002 (Conference USA regular season) and 2003 (Conference USA tournament).

Following her time with TCU on the court, Gilliam played one year of professional basketball for Keflavik, Iceland. During her professional career, Gilliam helped her team capture the National Icelandic Cup Championship, while averaging 23 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. She received her bachelor’s in business administration from TCU in 2004 and her master’s in education administration in 2005. She is married to Richard Gilliam III.

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