March 25, 2014
What they are saying about new K-State head women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie
Gary Blair, Texas A&M Women's Basketball Coach
"With Jeff Mittie, you have a proven winner, and you have one of the best minds in coaching. Kansas State is bringing home a man to the Kansas-Missouri region that knows that area like the back of his hand. He did everything in his power to make TCU relevant in the big picture of women's college basketball, and did one of his best coaching jobs this season. Kansas State has great tradition and has had a lot of great players. Jeff will have them back in the NCAA Tournament in no time."
Eric Hyman, Texas A&M Athletics Director (served at TCU 1998-2005)
"Jeff has done a remarkable job turning around the TCU women's basketball program. He took a program that had historically struggled and built it into one that was consistently competing for championships and participating in the NCAA Tournament. I know TCU will be disappointed to see the Mitties leave. Shanna and Jeff will be wonderful additions to the Kansas State family."
Emily Carter, former TCU player and All-MWC First Team selection in 2010 & 2011
"I spent five years with him at TCU and I actually redshirted my freshman year from an injury. Through all of that he really developed me into the player I was my senior year. He had a lot of confidence in me from day one. I was the type of player that I knew my role was to come in and be a shooter for us but he really wanted me to develop into more than that. He helped me develop a lot of my inside game and helped me develop on the defensive end. He is one of the main reasons I was able to progress my career as much as I did and eventually make it onto the all-conference team my last two years there. He had a huge impact on my career at TCU.
"Athletics were important to him, but academics always came first. Just making sure we were set up to succeed even when we were traveling a lot and giving us time to study on the road - making sure how important it was to be open and communicate with our professors when we were gone. When we were in town, he would give us tons of opportunities with study halls and tutors to make sure we were staying on top of everything academically because at the end of the day the most important thing for us was to get our education."
Debbie Antonelli, National Women's College Basketball Analyst
"The words that come to mind when talking about Jeff Mittie are tough-minded, driven, hard-working and will take the task to the end. He will put a blueprint together to get K-State back into contention nationally. Kansas State has a loyal fan base and fans will be glued to their seats so they will need to get their popcorn early because the concession lines will be too long at halftime. "
Mechelle Voepel, ESPN.com
"Jeff has long had the reputation as a strong strategist who maximizes the talent on his teams. I know he's been very invested in the Fort Worth community, but I always thought if the right opportunity arose for him to come "home" to the Midwest, he would. This seems like a very good fit for Jeff and for K-State."
Brenda VanLengen, Lead Analyst, Fox Sports Big 12 package
"Over the course of his career, Jeff Mittie has recruited and developed top-tier basketball players. He's known as a tactician whose teams are always competitive and this season pulled off big upsets of NCAA Tournament-bound Texas, Iowa State and Oklahoma featuring a young team. As a native of the Kansas City-metro area, he has great connections throughout the Midwest and obviously has important connections in Texas, as well."