May 5, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie finalized his first Wildcat coaching staff with a former All-Big 12 selection and member of the 2004 Big 12 champions in an announcement on Monday. Mittie has promoted four-year Kansas State letter winner Claire Coggins from director of basketball operations to an assistant coach position.
Coggins remains on a K-State staff that features associate head coach Brian Ostermann, who has 23 seasons of coaching experience, and assistant coach Ebony Gilliam, who has two seasons of collegiate coaching experience and two seasons of high school coaching experience at Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, Texas.
“I am pleased to announce Claire Coggins’ promotion to assistant coach,” stated Mittie about the final member of his coaching staff. “Claire has been a true K-Stater throughout her playing days and her career as a young coach. She has the attitude and work ethic we look for in our players and that is necessary to put together a championship program.”
Coggins will be in her third year with K-State and her first as an assistant coach. In her first two years at her alma mater, Coggins served as K-State’s director of video operations in 2012-13 and the team’s director of basketball operations in 2013-14.
“I am excited to work with Coach Mittie and this talented staff,” said Coggins of her promotion. “I look forward to working hard to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity that he has given me. I am very proud to be in this position. I am proud to have come back to K-State and to have worked here these last two years.
“With as much time and energy that we put into our jobs, it is really nice that at the end of the day it is for the school you truly love. Moving forward and being an assistant coach and actually getting to work hands on with the players and help with recruiting of the team and molding them together, as a new staff, it is really exciting to be able to do it with a pride of K-State and a love of K-State that I have.”
During her playing career at K-State, she was a two-time All-Big 12 Second Team selection, the most valuable player of the 2006 Postseason WNIT and was a member of the 2004 Big 12 regular season championship team. She finished her career with 1,236 points, the 32nd Wildcat to pass the 1,000-point mark, and ranks 19th on the K-State career points list. She also tallied 213 assists and ranks 23rd in the program’s history. With a successful playing career in purple and white, Coggins will attempt to share that knowledge and love of K-State with the current team and future student-athletes.
“I think that whenever you are truly a part of something and you truly do love something, you put a lot more energy and focus into that and obviously it is K-State for me. Being able to tell young players and recruit them and tell them how truly special it is here, it is just not something I am saying - it is a true feeling. With the fan base, the administration, the staff and the coaching staffs, we all have one common goal and that is for K-State to be successful. It is a special place. It has been my home and it is a place that I really cherish.”
After her time in Manhattan as a student-athlete, Coggins spent the 2007 season with the WNBA's Chicago Sky and then played the 2008 season with Panathanaikos in Athens, Greece.
Prior to returning to Manhattan before the 2011-12 season, Coggins served three seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma City University and Connors State. In her only season with Oklahoma City, Coggins aided head coach Rob Edmisson in guiding the Stars to a 35-1 record and the sixth NAIA Division I title in the program’s history.
At Connors State, Coggins helped the Cowgirls to a 27-5 record in 2010-11. The Cowgirls captured the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference title and an appearance in the NJCAA Region II championship game.
Coggins helped develop three 2011 All-NJCAA Region II performers in Sierra Cornwell, Kendra Fleming and Shakayla Love. Coggins also coached Magen Roth, a 2010 NJCAA All-American, as a first-year assistant at Connors State.
Coggins, a native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., earned her degree in electronic journalism from K-State in 2007.