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MITTIE QUICK FACTS 15th year at TCU (22nd overall as head coach) 285-161 (.639) record at TCU 436-220 (.665) overall record Guided TCU to 11 postseason appearances in 13 years Nine NCAA Tournament berths TCU's leader in career wins Five-time Conference Coach of the Year
In the first 22 seasons of TCU women's basketball, the Horned Frogs had just four winning seasons and zero trips to the postseason. On Aug. 19, 1999, the face and reputation of the program changed with the hiring of Jeff Mittie as TCU's sixth head coach.
Now entering his 15th season at TCU, Mittie has led the Frogs on one of the greatest turnarounds in women's basketball history. The 46-year-old Mittie has guided the program to winning seasons in 13 of his 14 years while taking TCU to 11 consecutive postseason tournaments prior to 2012, including nine NCAA Tournament berths.
Since his arrival in Fort Worth, Mittie has compiled a 285-161 (.639) record while exceeding the win total the program accomplished in the first 22 seasons of existence. Mittie's 285 victories account for over 50 percent of the school's wins in 36 seasons of basketball. Prior to Mittie's arrival, TCU owned a 208-402 (.340) mark. He recorded his milestone 200th victory at TCU in 2008-09, his 10th season with the Frogs, during a home win over Sam Houston State.
Overall, Mittie has been a head coach for 21 seasons, compiling a 436-220 (.665) record. Entering the 2012-13 season, he ranked No. 32 in winning percentage among all active coaches nationally and was No. 22 among head coaches with at least 15 years experience. Mittie was also 34th on the NCAA's all-time list in terms of winning percentage by coaches with a minumum of 10 years experience.
Mittie faced a major test entering the 2012-13 campaign as he ushered the Horned Frogs into what is widely considered to be the toughest conference in the country, the Big 12 Conference, following seven years as a member of the Mountain West. Adding to the challenge was the fact that Mittie's squad was the youngest of his tenure. In total, Mittie started three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior during conference play.
During his first year in the Big 12, Mittie's year was highlighted by victories over nationally ranked and NCAA Tournament participants No. 23 Iowa State and No. 22 Oklahoma State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. During the course of the season, the Frogs showed that they could shoot the long ball with authority as they ranked No. 24 in the NCAA in three-point field goals per game, averaging 7.3 three's a contest. TCU also finished in the top-half of the Big 12 in a number of categories, including being ranked No. 2 in blocked shots per game at 4.83. Individually, Mittie helped freshman Zahna Medley put together one of the top freshman seasons in school history as the Illinois native led all Big 12 freshmen in scoring and assists. Following the season, Medley was a unanimous selection to the conference's all-freshman team as well as an honorable mention All-Conference honoree.
Entering the 2013-14 season, Mittie will once again have one of the youngest teams in the conference, but the stage is set for a breakout campaign as the Frogs incoming recruiting class features two ESPNU 100 kids and was ranked not only among the conference's best, but also the nation's elite.
Entering 2011-12, the Frogs were one of only 20 programs to advance to the NCAA Tournament nine of 11 seasons since 2001. TCU was also one of only two schools in the state of Texas to reach postseason tournaments 11-straight seasons.
Others have taken notice of the recent success experienced by TCU. Two of Mittie's former assistant coaches, Larry Tidwell and Yolanda Wells-Broughton, have moved on to Division I head coaching positions at Lamar University and Texas Southern, respectively. The Frogs have also began to build a pipeline to the WNBA, as former players Sandora Irvin and Adrianne Ross both have moved on to play in the league in the past few seasons. Recent graduates Helena Sverrisdottir (2010-11) and Antoinette Thompson (2011-12) have also took their talents oversees.
Mittie's final season in the Mountain West was highlighted by Natalie Ventress earning Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors as well as first team all-conference accolades. Ventress finished the regular season ranked No. 15 amongst all freshman scorers in the NCAA and No. 8 in conference games only. She closed the season becoming the first freshman to lead TCU in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per game, since the 1997-98 campaign. Having one of the youngest teams in Mittie's tenure, the Frogs rattled off 16 victories over the course of the season and ranked No. 9 in the NCAA in blocked shots per game with a 6.0 per game average. The Frogs also ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West.TCU also ranked No. 16 in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, allowing only 34.9 percent from the field.
In 2010-11, the Frogs were once again among the nation's best, reaching the 22-win plateau for the seventh time in program history, while also becoming the first team in Mountain West Conference history with at least 11 league wins and a top 3 finish in each of the last six seasons. The Frogs, who also advanced to the MWC Tournament finals for the first time in program history, became only the second team in the state of Texas to play in 11-straight postseason appearances with a first round WNIT appearance against Oral Roberts.
Individually, it was another banner year for as both Helena Sverrisdottir and Emily Carter closed their careers earning first team all-conference accolades for a second-straight season, while Starr Crawford claimed second team accolades. Sverrisdottir picked up a slew of honors during her senior season, including being named to the Wooden Award and Naismith Award Watch Lists. Carter once again led the Horned Frogs in scoring during the season as she averaged 17.8 points per game, which ranked No. 40 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference. Carter also posted the No. 1 scoring game in the NCAA during the course of the season, scoring a school record of 43 points against SMU on Nov. 17, which also ranks No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference all-time. Crawford collected second-team all-conference accolades as well as all-defensive team honors. She closed the season ranking No. 36 overall in the NCAA in rebounds per gameafter being one of only two players in the conference to record five double-doubles during conference play.Crawford was the only Mountain West Conference player to average double-digits in points per game (12.7) and double-digits in boards per contest (10.0) during MWC play.
The Frogs continued their successful string of seasons in 2009-10, as Mittie led the squad to its sixth conference championship since his arrival on campus. The team posted a 12-4 record in Mountain West Conference action to claim the program's first regular-season title as a member of the league. In the process, Mittie was named MWC Coach of the Year, his fifth coaching honor in a fourth different conference.
TCU experienced several milestones during its conference championship season, highlighted by a perfect 15-0 home record at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the first undefeated home slate in program history. The Frogs have dominated at home since Mittie's arrival,TCU is 83-21 (.799) in its last 104 games overall held at the DMC and 180-46 (.796) since his arrival on campus prior to the 1999-2000 campaign.
In addition to the team's successful 2009-10 performance, which once again was topped off by another NCAA Tournament appearance, several Frogs stood out individually. Helena Sverrisdottir, the MWC Player of the Year, and Emily Carter combined to give TCU two first-team all-conference selections in a single season for the first time. Sverrisdottir became only the third conference player of the year in school history and also only the third to receive All-America attention when both the WBCA and Associated Press tabbed her with honorable-mention honors. The product of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, had several standout moments, including only the second triple-double in school history during a home win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while she also became the first TCU player ever to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.
In addition to Sverrisdottir and Carter, TCU has featured several other standouts during Mittie's stint leading the program. Prior to taking their games to the WNBA, Irvin and Ross helped to lift the Frog program into its current heights.
While many players have been honored under Mittie's tutelage, Irvin won awards in her senior season of 2004-05 that left little argument for her not being the greatest player in school history. She was tabbed a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, WBCA and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). She picked up C-USA Player of the Year honors and was selected to the league's All-Decade Team, as well. In addition to holding 10 TCU career records, she set NCAA career and single-game records for blocked shots with 480 and 16, respectively. The single-game mark still stands to this day.
An historic day for TCU took place April 16, 2005, when Irvin became the first-ever Frog selected in the WNBA Draft. Irvin was chosen third overall by the Phoenix Mercury, making her the earliest draftee from a C-USA team in league history. She has played five seasons in the WNBA with Phoenix (2005-06), the San Antonio Silver Stars (2007-08) and Chicago Sky (2010). The Silver Stars won the league's Western Conference championship in 20008.
Also a member of that San Antonio squad was Ross, who ranks second to Irvin on TCU's career scoring list with 1,725 points. A three-time all-conference selection as a Frog, Ross was named Co-Mountain West Conference Player of the Year in 2006-07, the same season she earned honorable-mention All-America honors from the WBCA and Associated Press.
One of the marks of Mittie's TCU teams has been their willingness to take on all challenges. The program annually lines up one of the nation's toughest non-conference schedules, and the Frogs have seen their share of success against the nation's elite teams. The squad has totaled 19 victories against teams ranked in the national polls since 2001.
Among the memorable games are four wins against top-5 rated teams: No. 3 Georgia in 2004-05; No. 3 Maryland and No. 3 Cal in 2008-09; and No. 5 Texas A&M in 2009-10. Overall, TCU has knocked off at least one ranked squad in 10 out of the last 11 seasons, including both No. 22 Oklahoma State and No. 23 Iowa State during the 2012-13 campaign.
The win over the in-state Aggies marked TCU's second in five seasons against the squad that owned a 13-game winning streak over the Frogs prior to Mittie's arrival. In 2005-06, TCU's first season in the Mountain West Conference, the Frogs knocked off No. 20 Texas A&M in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the tourney's second round for the fifth time in six seasons.
Prior to joining the Mountain West Conference, TCU and Mittie experienced four successful seasons in Conference USA highlighted by three conference championships, including two C-USA tournament titles (2003, 2005).
Mittie helped lead TCU to new heights in 2003-04. For the first time the Frogs began and finished the year ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls. In addition to capping the year at No. 20 in the AP rankings, the squad also established program highs in the polls during the year of 13th by the AP and 15th by the coaches. TCU has since become a fixture in the national rankings, appearing at least one week in one of the major polls in seven of the last nine seasons. The 2003-04 campaign concluded with TCU posting a 25-7 record, which today stands as the top single-season mark in program history.
One season before TCU posted its most successful season, Mittie pulled off perhaps his greatest coaching job by performing a one-eighty with his 2002-03 squad when it stood a mere 10-12 and appeared out of contention for a third consecutive NCAA bid. The squad entered the C-USA Tournament as the fifth seed with a 15-13 record and went on to oust the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to the crown. It was the third straight year Mittie and the Frogs won a conference title of some sort.
In the NCAA Tournament, TCU reached the second round and gave eventual national champion Connecticut one of its toughest battles of the tournament. The Frogs actually took a halftime lead over the Huskies, becoming only the sixth team in the five seasons prior to lead Connecticut at the half of a home game. Mittie's squad finished the year with a 20-14 mark.
Mittie continued to establish the Frogs as being one of the nation's premier defensive squads in 2002-03, and it was exemplified Dec. 30, 2002, when TCU set an NCAA record for fewest points allowed in a game by holding Texas Southern to just 16. The unbelievable performance shattered a nearly 20-year-old standard previously held by Jackson State. The Frogs ended up in the top 20 nationally in field goal percentage defense and blocked shots per game.
In 2001-02, Mittie captured the C-USA Coach of the Year award after the Frogs claimed the C-USA regular-season championship in TCU's first stint with the league. He also guided the Frogs to their first national ranking in program history and their second straight 20-win season despite the fact that just one starter returned from the previous year.
The 2000-01 season was revolutionary for TCU, as Mittie led the Frogs to their first NCAA Tournament showing. Mittie's squad, though, was not satisfied with simply making the tournament. The Frogs upended the East Region's sixth seed Penn State, a Final Four team the year before. The victory was the program's first against a ranked school and the triumph by the 11th-seeded Frogs was the biggest first-round upset of the 2001 tournament.
The 2000-01 Frogs also rewrote the TCU single-season records book by breaking more than a dozen school marks. Thanks to an incredible 25-8 record, the Frogs' win total crushed the previous Division I best of 16 set the two prior seasons. Mittie was also tabbed the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for leading TCU to the regular-season and conference tournament titles. It was the first conference title of any kind for the Frogs.
Appointed to the TCU post Aug. 19, 1999, Mittie is the sixth head coach to guide the Frog women's basketball program since the 1977-78 season. Mittie's .663winning percentage at TCU easily ranks as the best in school history thanks to a 196-95 record. He is also the all-time winningest coach in program history, a distinction he claimed with a 74-49 victory over UAB on Feb. 28, 2003. Remarkably, it took Mittie less than four seasons to better Hall of Famer Fran Garmon, who spent 10 years at the helm.
Prior to his move to Cowtown, Mittie pieced together a 75-42 (.641) mark in his four campaigns at Arkansas State, posting a pair of 20-win seasons and winning 17 or more contests in each of his four years with the Lady Indians. Twice his teams topped the Sun Belt Conference in grade point average as well.
In his final season at Arkansas State, Mittie's squad finished 18-14 with victories over a pair of ranked foes in Virginia (No. 8) and Kansas (No. 19). His team eventually advanced to the final eight of the Women's NIT.
Prior to taking over the Arkansas State program, Mittie fashioned a 76-17 (.817) mark in three years as head coach at Missouri Western. In 1995, Mittie guided the school to a remarkable 31-3 slate, which included a 15-1 conference record, and he led the club to the Division II Final Four. That squad finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally and captured both the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season and tournament championships. For his efforts, he was tabbed league and district Coach of the Year, and was among eight finalists for the national honor.
Mittie garnered league Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career in 1994 when his Griffons posted a 29-3 overall and 16-0 league record and captured the MIAA regular-season title. His club also made a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. Before assuming the head coaching duties, Mittie served one season as assistant basketball and baseball coach at the school.
Mittie saw several of his players pick up numerous honors during his three-year stay at Missouri Western. Two of his standouts, Tonya Foster and Amy Towne, were all-conference, all-region and All-America selections during their careers. Both Foster and Towne set school records for single-season points scored, field goal percentage and blocked shots. They also set marks for career field goal percentage and blocked shots. Seven squad members picked up Academic All-MIAA honors and two snagged GTE/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District VII accolades.
Mittie has only had one losing season and has averaged just under 21 wins and 10 losses per season. Thirteen times Mittie has advanced his teams to either the NCAA or WNIT Tournaments, where he is a combined 15-13.
A native of Blue Springs, Mo., Mittie earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from Missouri Western in 1989 and his master's in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Ala., in 1992.
Mittie and his wife, Shanna, are the proud parents of three children, daughters Logan and Madison and son Jordan.