March 28, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie named the first member of his coaching staff on Friday, as former TCU associate head coach Brian Ostermann was named to the same position with the Wildcats.
“I am pleased to announce the addition of Brian Ostermann as associate head coach,” stated Mittie. “Brian was instrumental in designing and implementing our game plans in the Big 12. He brings vast experience as a head coach and as a Division I assistant as well as terrific Midwest roots and connections.”
Ostermann served as an associate head coach at TCU for six seasons and compiled a record of 107-81, which included four postseason appearances – two NCAA Tournaments and two WNITs. In addition to his coaching duties under Mittie at TCU, Ostermann was also responsible for scheduling, academic mentoring, recruiting evaluation and game plan preparation and development.
A native of Good Thunder, Minn., Ostermann has logged 23 years of experience as a coach at the collegiate level, including nine seasons as a head coach. He ran the Missouri State-West Plains men's program for four seasons from 2004-05 through 2007-08, where he posted a record of 178-107.
Ostermann's final season in West Plains saw his Grizzly squad tie the program's best-ever record at 27-5 in addition to reaching the championship round of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region 16 Championship Tournament. It marked the second time in three seasons the program reached the regional final for the Grizzlies, who finished the season ranked No. 18 in the NJCAA poll after peaking at No. 10 at one point in the season.
Prior to his appointment at West Plains, Ostermann spent five seasons as the head men’s coach at Colby (Kan.) Community College, where he helped turn the Trojan program into one of the top squads in the Jayhawk Conference. The school's all-time leader in career victories, Ostermann posted a 95-61 record during his time with the Trojans.
Ostermann was an accomplished assistant coach before moving into the head coach's role, holding positions at UMKC (1996-99), Missouri Western (1992-96) and Mercyhurst College (1991-92). His first season at Missouri Western was spent as an assistant for both the men's and women's team. That season marked Mittie's first season as head coach of the Griffon women's program. One of Ostermann's early achievements included the successful recruitment of two-time All-American Tonya Foster to Missouri Western.
Ostermann began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State University (1989-91), where he graduated with a master’s of science degree in education. Ostermann earned his bachelor of science degree in physical education from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1988. He and his wife, Julie, have four children: Robbie, John, Allie and Emily.