Jeff Mittie has K-State women’s basketball heading in the right direction


Jeff Mittie came to Kansas State as one of winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 450 career wins, 15 postseason appearances, nine conference titles and five conference coach of the year honors in 22 years of coaching.

The Blue Springs, Mo. native took over a Wildcat team that finished 11-19 last season.

Mittie has put his best foot forward and worked his winning magic on the team in the early part of the season.

Following Monday night’s 66-53 victory over William Jewell, a NCAA Division II program, the Wildcats are 6-0 so far in the 2014-15 season.

It is the first time the Kansas State has won its first six games of the season since 2012-13. It is also the longest winning streak since the team won seven that same year.

Prior to coming to Manhattan, Mittie spent time on the bench at TCU (1999-2014) where he earned a 303-175 record and Arkansas State (1995-99) where he was 75-42. He began his career at Missouri Western (1992-95) where he was 76-17.

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  • With his coaching record, he has averaged 21 wins per season and only has had one losing season.

    Even with the undefeated start to the season, the Lady Wildcats have had their struggles this season.

    For instance, Monday night William Jewell shot 13-of-23 from beyond the 3-point line. That performance was one of the best shooting performance by a visiting team from 3-point range in Bramlage Coliseum history, according to

    The also survived shooting only 31.3 percent from the floor to beat University of Texas-Arlington, 45-41 on Dec. 4.

    K-State also had games against Santa Clara and LSU get cancelled while at a tournament in Mexico due to a facility conflict at the Hardwood Tournament for Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, according to the Manhattan Mercury.

    Through it all, the Wildcats are still 6-0, and Mittie has K-State heading in the right direction in his first season at the helm.

    The Wildcats resume play Friday night in their only true nonconference road game against cross-state rival Wichita State.