Riché, Kloss Receive Promotions with K-State Women’s Basketball

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced today the promotion of a pair of graduate assistants to full time status among his staff for the 2016-17 season. Former graduate assistant coach Micaëlla Riché will now serve the program as the coordinator of recruiting operations and former graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach AJ Kloss has been promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach for the program.

Riché is in her third season at K-State, as she served as a graduate assistant coach in her previous two seasons and received her Master of Science in counseling and student development with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletics from K-State in May of 2016.

“Micaëlla established herself in the graduate assistant role as someone willing to work hard and a desire and willingness to learn,” said Mittie about Riché’s elevated. “She has also earned that next step to a full time position in our program as she has had a big impact on the success of our program during the last two seasons.”

Riché will be responsible for coordinating all of K-State’s on campus recruiting operations and will serve as the liaison between AAU and high school coaches and young players across the state of Kansas and nationwide. She will also handle the K-State women’s basketball summer camps.

During the summer of 2015, Riché served as an assistant coach with an Athletes in Action team that played three games in Poland. The team Riché coached featured K-State’s Breanna Lewis and Erica Young.

Riché, a product of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, was a four-year letter winner and a two-time team captain at Minnesota. She helped the Golden Gophers to three postseason tournaments - two WNIT appearances and one WBI bid - and was named to the 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection. For her career, Riché registered 867 points (6.9 ppg), 585 rebounds (4.6 rpg) and 45 blocks in 126 career games.

Riché also showed dedication in the classroom as she was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and graduated in May of 2014 with her degree in kinesiology.

Prior to joining the Golden Gophers, Riché built a strong junior resume. Riché played for several Canadian junior national teams including: Canadian Junior National U15, U17 and U18. She helped the U18 squad capture a bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Tournament in Colorado, Springs, Colorado.

Kloss is in his third season with the K-State women’s basketball program as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, as he served as a graduate assistant in his previous two seasons and received his Master of Science in counseling and student affairs with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletics from K-State in May of 2016.

“AJ was instrumental in our success last year and the development of our players,” stated Mittie on the promotion of Kloss. He has earned this opportunity to continue in a full time capacity with our program.”

While working with the women’s basketball program at K-State, Kloss has been responsible for designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs. He has also created and helped facilitate individualized rehabilitation programs for student-athlete recovery from surgical procedures or injuries.

Prior to coming to Manhattan, Kloss was a strength and conditioning intern at Iowa. Kloss, a 2013 Iowa graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in health and human physiology, assisted with the design and implentation of the strength and conditioning programs for volleyball, rowing, tennis, golf, track and field, field hockey, baseball and men’s basketball.

In the 2015-16 season, Kansas State tallied a 19-13 overall record in 2015-16 and the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first win in the tournament since 2012.

The Wildcats registered an 8-10 mark in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season. After being slated for a seventh-place finish by the Big 12 Conference coaches in the preseason poll, K-State carded a sixth place finish in the conference standings. This was the second straight season under Mittie that K-State has improved its league win total from one season to the next.

For the 2016-17 season, Mittie returns nine letter winners from the 2015-16 squad. 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 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).

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