Mittie's Career Record • 473-248 (.656) - entering 24th season in 2015-16; second season at K-State
Mittie's Trophy Case • 2010 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year (TCU) • 2010 Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions (TCU) • 2005 Conference USA Tournament Champions (TCU) • 2003 Conference USA Tournament Champions (TCU) • 2002 Conference USA Coach of the Year (TCU) • 2002 Conference USA Regular Season Champions (TCU) • 2001 WAC Coach of the Year (TCU) • 2001 WAC Regular Season Champions (TCU) • 2001 WAC Tournament Champions (TCU) • 1995 MIAA Coach of the Year (Missouri Western) • 1995 MIAA Regular Season Champions (Missouri Western) • 1995 MIAA Tournament Champions (Missouri Western) • 1994 MIAA Coach of the Year (Missouri Western) • 1994 MIAA Regular Season Champions (Missouri Western)
Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 470 career wins, 16 postseason appearances, nine conference titles and five conference coach of the year honors in 23 years of coaching, enters his second season at the helm of the K-State program in 2015-16.
Mittie, introduced as the ninth head women’s basketball coach in K-State history before the 2014-15 season, has achieved an overall record of 473-248 (.656) in his previous 23 years as a head coach, which includes stops at Missouri Western, Arkansas State and TCU. His .656 career winning percentage ranks 45th among active Division I head coaches and 21st among active coaches with 20 or more years of experience.
Mittie has averaged 21 wins and 10 losses per season and experienced only one losing season in his 23 years of head coaching. Sixteen times Mittie has advanced his teams to either the NCAA or WNIT Tournaments, in which he has a combined record of 16-14.
In his first season in Manhattan in 2014-15, Mittie guided the program to an overall record of 19-14 and a second round appearance in the Postseason WNIT. The 19 wins were the most by a first year head coach in Kansas State women’s basketball history and marked an eight-win improvement from the previous season and was the third highest improvement from one season to the next in program history. Mittie opened his K-State tenure with 10 wins in the first 11 games, becoming the second coach in program history to begin his or her tenure with 10 wins in 11 games (Judy Akers, 1968-69).
Mittie helped reshape K-State’s defense in his first season, as the Wildcats finished the season ranked 44th in the nation in scoring defense (58.2 ppg allowed), 12th in steals (11.3 spg) and 42nd in blocked shots (4.7 bpg). K-State’s defense ranked first in the Big 12 in steals, second in scoring defense and third in blocked shots.
The Wildcats registered the second-most steals in program history with 374 steals in 2014-15. In addition to the 374 steals, K-State blocked 156 shots which marked the ninth time in school history that K-State blocked 100 or more shots in a season and was the fourth-most in program history for blocks in a season.
K-State was recognized for its quick turnaround, as Breanna Lewis was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and Ashia Woods was named an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recipient. In addition to her All-Big 12 honor, Lewis became the first player in program history to be selected to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team, as she shattered the school record for blocks in a season with a career-high 97 and set a career-high with 50 steals.
At TCU, Mittie compiled a 303-175 (.634) record 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 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. Duringhis time with TCU, Mittie coached 10 of the 12 members of the school’s 1,000-point club and five of the nine members of the 500-rebound club.
Mittie’s teams are known for playing a stifling defense. TCU was the Big 12’s top scoring defense and ranked 23rd in the nation in 2013-14, by holding opponents to just 58.1 points per game. Mittie’s 2013-14 squad also paced the Big 12 in steals per game (9.9) and ranked 28th in the nation in the category.
The Horned Frogs finished 22nd in the nation in defensive field goal percentage (.363) and were the top shot-blocking team in the Big 12 and finished seventh in the nation in the category at 6.1 per game. This was the third consecutive season TCU finished among the top-30 in the country in blocked shots per game, including a pair of top-10 rankings in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
Mittie’s success at TCU also expanded his coaching tree, as a pair of his former assistants moved on to head coaching positions in Division I. Former assistants Larry Tidwell and Yolanda Wells-Broughton have moved into head coaching positions at Lamar and Texas Southern, respectively.
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 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association 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.
A native of Blue Springs, Mo., Mittie earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from Missouri Western in 1989 and his master’s in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Ala., in 1992.
Mittie and his wife, Shanna, who is a native of Junction City, Kan., and a graduate of Chapman High School, are the proud parents of three children, daughters Logan and Madison and son Jordan.
Coaching Experience Head Coach, Missouri Western (1992-95; 76-17, .817) Head Coach, Arkansas State (1995-99; 75-42, .641) Head Coach, TCU (1999-2014; 303-175, .634) Head Coach, Kansas State (2014-present; 19-14, .576)
Education Bachelor's in Sport Management, Missouri Western, 1989 Master's in Sports Management, United States Sports Academy, 1992
Personal Wife: Shanna Children: daughters - Logan and Madison; son - Jordan