Aug. 5, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – New K-State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie has been selected as one of the clinicians for the 82nd annual Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Coaching School on Thursday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.
Mittie’s first presentation, beginning at 10 a.m., in the Emerald Ballroom, will be centered around the 2-3 Zone System. His second presentation of the day, beginning at 11 a.m., will be focused on Ball Screen Offensive Sets.
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.
Mittie’s teams are known for playing a stifling defense. In his final season at TCU, the Horned Frogs were the Big 12’s top scoring defense and ranked 23rd in the nation, 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 also 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 marked the third consecutive season that 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.
In Mittie’s first season at K-State, the Wildcats will feature a roster of 10 returning letter winners and four 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 of 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, Wisconsin, 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, Missouri, 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.
K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2014-15 season are available now for purchase. For more information on season ticket packages for the Wildcats’ 19-game home schedule, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
The 2014-15 home schedule features 19 home games including, two exhibition games, eight non-conference games and nine Big 12 contests.