Mittie names Ostermann associate head coach

By The Mercury

Brian Ostermann is the first member of new Kansas State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie’s coaching staff.

Ostermann will serve as the associate head coach at K-State — the same position he held under Mittie at TCU the past six seasons.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of Brian Ostermann as associate head coach,” Mittie said in a statement released Friday morning. “Brian was instrumental in designing and implementing our game plans in the Big 12.

“He brings vast experience as a head coach and as a Division-I assistant, as well as terrific Midwest roots and connections.”

Mittie announced Tuesday that he has retained former Deb Patterson staffers — Claire Coggins and Tasha Dickey.  Their specific roles on Mittie’s staff are not yet known.

Ostermann, meanwhile, comes to Manhattan after helping the Horned Frogs to a 107-81 record in his six seasons as an assistant — including four postseason appearances.

In addition to his coaching duties under Mittie at TCU, Ostermann was also responsible for scheduling, academic mentoring, recruiting evaluation and game plan preparation and development.

A native of Good Thunder, Minn., Ostermann has logged 23 years of experience as a coach at the collegiate level, including nine seasons as a head coach. He ran the Missouri State-West Plains men’s program for four seasons from 2004-05 through 2007-08, where he was 178-107 .

Ostermann’s final season in West Plains saw his Grizzly squad tie the program’s best-ever record at 27-5, in addition to reaching the championship round of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region 16 tournament. It marked the second time in three seasons the program reached the regional final, as the Grizzlies finished the season ranked No. 18 in the NJCAA poll.

Prior to his appointment at West Plains, Ostermann spent five seasons as the head men’s coach at Colby Community College, where he helped turn the Trojan program into one of the top squads in the Jayhawk Conference.

The school’s all-time leader in career victories, Ostermann posted a 95-61 record during his time with the Trojans.

Ostermann was an accomplished assistant coach before moving into the head coach’s role, holding positions at UMKC (1996-99), Missouri Western (1992-96) and Mercyhurst College (1991-92). His first season at Missouri Western was spent as an assistant for both the men’s and women’s team.

That season marked Mittie’s first season as head coach of the Griffon women’s program. One of Ostermann’s early achievements included the successful recruitment of two-time All-American Tonya Foster to Missouri Western.

Ostermann began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State (1989-91), where he graduated with a master’s of science degree in education. Ostermann earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1988. He and his wife, Julie, have four children — Robbie, John, Allie and Emily.

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