Mittie to Receive Missouri Western State Distinguished Alumni Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie will be honored by his alma mater, Missouri Western State University, with the institution’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award during the 34th annual Alumni Awards Banquet in St. Joseph’s, Missouri, on Friday, October 14.

“I am honored to receive this award from my alma mater,” said Mittie about this honor. “My time at Missouri Western both as a student and young professional were both exciting and critical to building a strong foundation for my career.”

Established in 1983, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest award given to an alumnus/alumna by the Missouri Western State University Alumni Association. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes living alumni for their career/professional achievements; civic contributions within their local community, state or nation; service to Missouri Western State University, and other qualities which elicit pride from others who attended a Missouri Western State University Institution. This award is given to alumni with a difference of at least eleven (11) years between attendance and nomination.

A native of Blue Springs, Missouri, Mittie is a 1989 graduate of Missouri Western State, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management.

“We are proud to honor K-State head women’s basketball coach, Jeff Mittie, with one of three Missouri Western Distinguished Alumni Awards this year,” said Mary Sprake Vaughan, President of the Missouri Western Alumni Association. “Not only is Jeff one of the winningest coaches in Division I women’s basketball, but he has also prepared generations of young women to live, serve and work in an ever changing society. We are proud to say that Jeff is a fellow Griffon – and that he got his start in coaching at Missouri Western.”

Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 490 career wins, boasts 17 postseason appearances, nine conference titles and five conference coach of the year honors in his previous 24 years of coaching, as he enters his third season at the helm of the K-State program in 2016-17.

Introduced as the ninth head women’s basketball coach in K-State history before the 2014-15 season, Mittie has achieved an overall career record of 492-262 (.653), which includes stops at Missouri Western, Arkansas State and TCU. His .653 career winning percentage ranks among the top-50 active Division I head coaches and 22nd among active coaches with 20 or more years experience.

In the 2015-16 season, the Wildcats were selected for the 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since the 2011-12 season. K-State ended the season with a 19-13 overall record, which included a 56-51 win over George Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Before joining K-State, Mittie compiled a 303-175 (.634) record at TCU while exceeding the win total the program accomplished in the first 22 seasons of existence. Prior to Mittie’s arrival, TCU owned a 208-402 (.340) mark. He recorded his milestone 300th victory at TCU on Feb. 19, 2014.

Mittie has received a number of accolades during his coaching career including: 2010 Mountain West Coach of the Year, 2002 Conference USA Coach of the Year, 2001 WAC Coach of the Year and 1994 and 1995 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Coach of the Year. He has also led his programs to nine conference titles.

In addition to personal honors, Mittie has mentored several of his players who have reached the WNBA (Sandora Irvin and Adrianne Ross) or played overseas (Ebony Gilliam, Helena Sverrisdottir, Antoinette Thompson), been honored as an All-American, earned conference player of the year awards, all-league citations and academic all-conference awards.

Prior to his tenure at TCU, Mittie pieced together a 75-42 (.641) mark in his four campaigns at Arkansas State, posting a pair of 20-win seasons and winning 17 or more contests in each of his four years with the Lady Indians. Twice his teams topped the Sun Belt Conference in grade point average as well.

Before taking over the Arkansas State program, Mittie fashioned a 76-17 (.817) mark in three years as head coach at Missouri Western. In 1995, Mittie guided the school to a remarkable 31-3 slate, which included a 15-1 conference record, and he led the club to the Division II Final Four. That squad finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally and captured both the MIAA regular-season and tournament championships. For his efforts, he was tabbed league and district Coach of the Year, and was among eight finalists for the national honor.

Mittie garnered league Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career in 1994 when his Griffons posted a 29-3 overall and 16-0 league record and captured the MIAA regular-season title. His club also made a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. Before assuming the head coaching duties, Mittie served one season as assistant basketball and baseball coach at the school.

Mittie and his wife, Dr. Shanna Mittie, who is a native of Junction City, Kansas, and a graduate of Chapman High School, are the proud parents of three children, daughters Logan and Madison, and son Jordan. Logan serves as the director of basketball operations at Arkansas State, while Jordan plays football at Texas State and Madison plays women’s basketball for Fort Hays State.

For the 2016-17 season, K-State returns nine letter winners from the 2015-16 squad that reached the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will be led into the 2016-17 season by 2016 All-Big 12 First Team selection and two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team honoree Breanna Lewis and 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team selection Kindred Wesemann. Overall, K-State returns 75 percent of its scoring and assists and 87 percent of its rebounding.

In addition to the returning letter winners, Kansas State welcomes in five newcomers for the 2016-17 season including: junior guard Karyla Middlebrook (Blue Springs, Missouri), redshirt freshman forward Lanie Page (Wamego, Kansas), freshman guard Mercedes Brooks (Wichita Falls, Texas), freshman forward Peyton Williams (Topeka, Kansas) and freshman forward Eternati Willock (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada).

Ticket packages are available on Saturday, Sept. 17 for the K-State-Connecticut matchup. A $20 chairback ticket package that includes an exclusive t-shirt is available until Tuesday, December 1 or while supplies last. A $38 Wildcat 4 Pack is another affordable option and includes four general admission tickets and four $10 concessions vouchers.

General admission, bench and Cat Cushion tickets are available for just $3, a savings of $5, until Saturday, October 1, and for only $5 from October 3 until gameday, December 11. Any remaining tickets will be sold on gameday at regular price: $12 for chairback, $9 for Cat Cushion, $8 for adult general admission and $5 for youth, military and senior citizens.

K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2016-17 season are available now for purchase. For more information on season ticket packages for the Wildcats’ 18-game home schedule, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.