Kansas State University

Kansas State gives women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie contract extension

K-State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie.
K-State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie. The Wichita Eagle

Kansas State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie has signed a three-year contract extension that will run through 2022, the school announced Tuesday.

Mittie’s salary will jump to $475,000 next season and increase $25,000 annually. He was scheduled to earn $425,000 next season under the terms of his original contract. A retention bonus of $100,000 was also added to his new deal, which he will receive if he is still coaching at K-State on April 14, 2019. Overall, his new six-year contract is worth $3.56 million, plus performance bonuses.

“Coach Mittie has done a great job of reinvigorating our women’s basketball program,” said K-State athletic director John Currie in a statement, “and I believe he and his excellent staff are well on their way to returning K-State to the highest level of competition, both in the Big 12 and nationally.”

Mittie earned the extension two years after arriving at K-State from TCU. Under Mittie, the Wildcats have gone 38-27. They have also advanced to the postseason in each of his two seasons, first making the WNIT and then winning a game in the NCAA Tournament this season.

It was the first time K-State had played in the NCAA Tournament since 2012.

“While we have advanced to the postseason in each of his first two seasons and seen excitement growing among our fans as evidenced by our season ticket sales and attendance increases,” Currie added, “the most important thing to me is seeing the competitive spirit, camaraderie and improvement within our team.”

K-State was coming off an 11-win season when it hired Mittie. But the Wildcats have improved quickly, winning 19 games in both seasons under Mittie. Last season, K-State finished 19-13.

Improvement will be expected next year. The Wildcats return nine contributors, including leading scorer Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. Both players earned all-conference honors last season.

“We have made good progress in our two years here,” Mittie said, “and we are excited about our team for next year.”

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