MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State lured away Jeff Mittie away from Big 12 rival TCU on Tuesday to become its new women’s basketball coach, replacing longtime coach Deb Patterson.
Mittie agreed to a five-year contract that will pay $375,000 the first year with $25,000 increases each remaining year. He will also receive a $140,000 signing bonus.
Kansas State acted swiftly after firing Patterson in reaching out to Mittie, who was raised in the Kansas City area. His wife, Shanna, was born in Junction City, a short drive from the Wildcats’ campus in Manhattan.
Mittie put together a 303-175 record at TCU. He got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Missouri Western, before spending four seasons at Arkansas State. He takes over a program at Kansas State that finished 11-19 last season.