Mittie's Contract Extended
Jan. 22, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Christian University and women's head basketball coach Jeff Mittie have agreed on a multi-year contract extension, TCU Athletics Director Eric Hyman announced today. Terms of the deal were not released.
"TCU women's basketball has made quantum leaps forward and is on the verge of achieving consistent national prominence," said Hyman. "The university has made a commitment to this program and under Jeff's leadership and vision, TCU women's basketball has been elevated to heights never experienced in the history of our school. With Jeff's signing of this contract, the future of women's basketball could not be any better," continued Hyman. "This is a great time to be associated with the Lady Frogs."
Regarded as one of the most talented young coaches in the country, Mittie has compiled a career record of 206-84, a .710 winning percentage, including a 55-25 record in two and a half seasons at TCU. He owns the highest winning percentage in school history at three different colleges, has reached the 20-win plateau five times and the 25-win mark on three occasions and has never had a losing season in nine years as a head coach. His 2001-02 squad is off to a 14-3 start, the best record after 17 games in school history. The Frogs also lead Conference USA in home attendance after logging the eighth largest attendance increase in Division I women's basketball a year ago.
"TCU has made a commitment to our women's basketball program and I appreciate the confidence the university and Eric Hyman have shown by extending this agreement," said Mittie. "I have high expectations for all aspects of our program. We have made progress both on the court and in the stands, but there is still work to do."
Mittie, 35, began his head coaching career at Missouri Western in 1992. During his three-year stint with the Griffons he fashioned a 76-17 record, including a remarkable 31-3 mark in 1995, leading his squad to the NCAA Division II Final Four. He took over the Arkansas State program in 1995 and forged a 75-42 mark in four campaigns, posting at least 17 wins in each season. Mittie came to Fort Worth in 1999 and immediately went to work on raising the bar at TCU.
After matching the school record for wins and compiling a 16-14 record in his first campaign, the Lady Frogs had a breakthrough season in 2000-01. Mittie was named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after the Frogs swept the regular season and conference tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The Frogs reached the second round of the tournament by defeating the East Region's sixth-seed, Penn State. The victory was the program's first-ever over a ranked school and the triumph by the 11th-seeded Frogs was the biggest first-round upset of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
After putting together a nationally-ranked recruiting class which featured first-team USA Today All-American Sandora Irvin, the 2001-02 Lady Frogs are making noise on the national stage again. The Frogs lead Conference USA with a 4-0 record and are ranked in the top 30 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.
A native of Blue Springs, Mo., Mittie received his undergraduate degree from Missouri Western in 1989 and his master's in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Ala. in 1992. He and his wife, Shanna, are the parents of three children, Logan, Jordan and Madison.