For the first time in 15 years and 478 games, TCU’s women’s basketball team will play a game without Jeff Mittie as its coach.
The Horned Frogs open play in the WNIT at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado. On Tuesday, it was announced that Mittie had accepted an offer to become Kansas State’s new coach. He replaces Deb Patterson, who was dismissed on March 9 after coaching the Wildcats for 18 seasons.
Associate head coach Brian Ostermann was on a recruiting trip when he learned the news. He takes over as interim coach for the WNIT game. TCU received the automatic berth as the top Big 12 team remaining not selected to the NCAA Tournament. The Horned Frogs are 18-14 on the season while Colorado, currently in the Pac-12 but a former Big 12 school, is 17-14.
Mittie is a native of Blue Springs, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Mo., and his wife, Shanna, hails Junction City, Kan., just 20 miles from Manhattan.
“This was a situation that was intriguing to my family,” Mittie said. “It’s a unique opportunity in the coaching world to go back where your wife is from and to go back where my brother and sister and their families and my parents are at and also have an entire athletic program that you’ve watched and you feel can go on to great things.
“We love Fort Worth. We love TCU. This was just about a total situation that was too good to turn down.”