Kansas State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie altered his staff Friday, making a trio of changes.
Mittie promoted Ebony Haliburton to an assistant coaching position. Sadie Murren was tabbed director of student-athlete development and a new director of video operations was hired in Staci Gregorio.
Haliburton is replacing Jayci Stone, who left the K-State staff for another opportunity. The past two seasons, Haliburton served as the director of student-athlete development.
“I am excited to promote her to an on-court coaching position and full-time recruiting position,” Mittie said. “She brings a great deal of experience, passion and knowledge to her new role.”
Haliburton holds a busy position on the staff, as she also is heavily involved in recruiting evaluation, player development and game-plan preparation. She also has been an assistant coach in the past. During the 2016-17 season, Haliburton was an assistant coach for the UC Irvine women’s basketball program.
Prior to her stint at UC Irvine, Haliburton was Utah State’s director of basketball operations for three seasons. Haliburton also was the director of women’s basketball operations and sport account manager for College Coaches Network (CCN) from 2008 to 2011.
Haliburton played at Oral Roberts under current Utah State head coach Jerry Finkbeiner. She graduated from Oral Roberts in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising.
Murren joined the Wildcats’ staff before the 2018-19 season as the director of basketball administration.
“Sadie was given many projects in her role last year (and) ... she showed a great ability to excel in a variety of areas,” Mittie said. “She can now move her focus to student-athlete development and assisting with our recruiting efforts on a full-time basis. I am thrilled to be able to promote her to this new role within our staff.”
Murren was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Omaha during the 2017-18 season before moving to Manhattan. While in Omaha, she organized and facilitated the recruiting activities, such as managing the budget and handling the on- and off-campus visits by recruits. Before that, Murren assisted Omaha head coach Brittany Lange as the director of basketball operations. Murren graduated from Omaha with a master’s degree in business administration in the spring of 2018.
Murren’s playing career began at Nebraska in 2012, appearing in 43 games over two seasons. During her time with the Cornhuskers, she earned the Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award for the women’s basketball team and became an inaugural member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship team.
Muren spent her final two years as a player at Wayne State. She was a starter in every game her junior year in 2014-15 and averaged 7.8 points and 3.4 assists. As a senior, she started every game and averaged 9.7 points and 4.9 assists and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Murren also had a successful academic career, receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration in May of 2016 and earning the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award, as well as being named to the NSIC Winter All-Academic Team.
The new director of video operations, Gregorio, is entering her first season on the K-State women’s basketball staff.
She will be responsible for film exchange with opponents, editing film clips for the players and coaches and helping the coaching staff collect and edit film of recruits.
She also will handle the women’s basketball team’s equipment.
“Staci has done a variety of things in her young career from head high school coach to playing professionally in two different countries as well as assistant coach at a highly successful program,” Mittie said. “In her role as coordinator of video operations, she will be able to assist our players in their development and our coaches in both game prep and recruiting.”
Like Murren and Haliburton, Gregorio has been around the game for some time. She was an assistant coach and video coordinator at UC San Diego for two seasons. She was the head coach of The Preuss School girls basketball team for four years, where she tripled the team’s win total.
She coached five all-conference selections at Preuss. She also played in Europe for two seasons for BC Hellenen in Munich, Germany and with C.E. In Diagonal Mar in Barcelona, Spain. She was a pro player in Europe for the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.
She went to college at San Diego Mesa College, where she played and earned All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) first-team honors in 2014 and served as a team captain.
The Kansas State women’s basketball team went 21-12 in 2018-19 and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the fifth consecutive season a Mittie-led team to reach the postseason.
K-State returns an experience roster in nine letter winners, including senior Peyton Williams, junior Rachel Ranke and sophomore Christianna Carr. They also added redshirts Sarah Bates and Ayoka Lee to go along with freshmen Emma Chapman and Jada Thorpe.