May 7, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie continued to round out his staff on Wednesday, as he has retained Tasha Dickey as the team’s director of video operations.
Dickey remains on a K-State staff that features associate head coach Brian Ostermann, who has 23 seasons of coaching experience, 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, and assistant coach Claire Coggins, who is a former K-State letter winner and All-Big 12 selection with three years of coaching experience at the junior college and NAIA level.
Dickey’s responsibilities will include: film exchange with opponents, cutting up film clips for the coaching staff and players, assisting the coaching staff in tracking down and editing film of recruits. She will also handle the K-State women’s basketball equipment needs.
“I am excited to retain Tasha Dickey as video coordinator on my first staff,” said Mittie. “She has impressed me with her work ethic and passion for our basketball program and K-State.”
Dickey joined the K-State staff in 2012 as a graduate assistant and in the 2013-14 season she was promoted up the ranks to serve as the team’s director of video operations.
“It is truly a blessing to stay on the staff here with Coach Mittie and these coaches,” said Dickey. “When I first came to K-State, I came for a second opportunity or a second chance in my life. I was able to play my last year here and then get on the staff as a GA and ascend to the video position. It really has changed my life in a positive aspect and it has opened doors for me. It really is a blessing to be here.”
Dickey, who earned her graduate degree from K-State in college student development, finished her playing career by helping K-State to a second round appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament which was her only appearance in the postseason as a player.
The product of Sandy, Utah, registered career-highs in numerous statistical categories during the 2013-14 season including: points (9.9 ppg), rebounds (4.1 rpg), steals (53), three-point field goals made and attempted (43-of-151), free throws made and attempted (42-of-58), games played (34), games started (34) and minutes played (901).
Prior to her arrival at K-State, Dickey played four seasons at Arizona (2007-11) and graduated with a degree in religious studies and a minor in African American studies. While playing in Tucson, Dickey was named a 2008 Pac 10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection.
Dickey is the daughter of Charlie and Lisa Dickey. Her father is the offensive line coach for the Kansas State football team.
Mittie will enter his first season in Manhattan. Mittie has achieved an overall record of 454-234 (.660) in his 22 years as a head coach, which includes stops at Missouri Western, Arkansas State and TCU. His .660 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 22 years of head coaching. Fifteen times Mittie has advanced his teams to either the NCAA or WNIT Tournaments, in which he has a combined record of 15-13. Over the last 14 seasons, Mittie guided TCU to 13 winning seasons with 11 consecutive postseason appearances, including nine NCAA Tournament berths.
Under Mittie, Kansas State will feature a roster of 10 returning letter winners and a pair of newcomers. The Wildcats will be paced in the 2014-15 season by seniors Ashia Woods and Haley Texada and sophomores Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. Woods enters her final season with the Wildcats as K-State’s top returning scorer following a career-high effort in 2013-14.
Texada has fully recovered from a stress fracture in her ankle that robbed her the final 14 games of 2013-14 season. The native of Frisco, Texas, will look to return to her sophomore season form when she averaged a career-best 11.8 points per game.
Lewis anchored K-State’s interior defense in her first season in Manhattan. The product of Milwaukee, Wis., registered a team-high 44 blocked shots which were the most by a K-State freshman since the 2005-06 season and tied for 10th in school history for a single season. She enters the 2014-15 season needing 21 blocked shots to move into the top-10 for blocked shots in a career.
Wesemann returns as K-State’s top 3-point shooter. The native of Pleasant Hill, Mo., finished out her rookie campaign in 2013-14 with five straight games in double figures and averaged 13.8 points per game in that stretch. She ended the season with a career-best 18-point performance against Kansas in the 2014 Big 12 Championship first round.