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Kansas State hires TCU’s Jeff Mittie as women’s basketball coach

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.

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— Kansas State lured Jeff Mittie away from TCU to take over as the Wildcats’ women’s basketball coach.

K-State announced Mittie’s hiring on Tuesday, giving him a five-year contract that will pay $375,000 in his first season and increase $25,000 annually. He will also receive a signing bonus of $140,000.

Mittie replaces Deb Patterson, who was fired on March 7 following an 11-19 season. She was the winningest coach in program history. She was making $600,000 a year.

Mittie, 47, has 454 career victories, a .660 winning percentage and 15 postseason appearances over 22 years as a head coach. Before arriving at TCU, he coached at Missouri Western and Arkansas State. He has won nine conference titles and five conference coach of the year awards.

TCU was 18-14 this season, after going 9-21 a year ago.

“It is a tremendous opportunity at a terrific institution that, I believe, in women’s basketball has proven that the fan base can get excited about,” Mittie said in a statement released by K-State. “This was the youngest team in the Big 12 this year, so I am excited to work with the players. I am always excited about developing a team and that challenge.

“I think Kansas State and my family will be a really great fit. I am looking forward to getting recruiting started across the state of Kansas and developing those very important relationships.”

Mittie, from Blue Springs, Mo., will be expected to guide K-State back to the NCAA Tournament. He took TCU there nine times, going 303-175 in 13 seasons. He recorded his milestone 300th victory at TCU on Feb. 19 by beating K-State.

“Coach Mittie’s success as a head coach at three different institutions, Midwest background as well as his reputation as a top-notch recruiter make him the ideal fit to lead our women’s basketball program,” athletics director John Currie said. “We set out to find the very best basketball coach for K-State, whose personal values and integrity reflects those of our university and one that appreciates the unique opportunity of being part of our strong basketball tradition and commitment to championship performances, and we are confident that Jeff Mittie is that person. I look forward to the entire K-State Nation having the opportunity to get to know him and his family.”

Reach Kellis Robinett at krobinett@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.

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