Littell Named Cowgirls Head Coach

Interim head women's basketball coach Jim Littell received a deserved title change on Friday afternoon when Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder announced Littell will take over the program as the team's official head coach.

That is welcome news to a program that is still reeling after the tragic deaths of coach Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna on Nov. 17. Littell's appointment is still pending approval from the University/A&M Board of Regents.

Through the unspeakably difficult time the Cowgirl basketball program has gone through the past few weeks, Littell has been a tremendous leader and has guided the team to four consecutive double-digit victories, most recently an 80-57 win against Missouri State on Thursday.

"Kurt Budke laid the foundation for this program," Littell said in a press release. "It is our goal to continue his vision for Oklahoma State women's basketball. We know that many challenges await us, but we are excited about the future of our program."

Littell has been at OSU for six seasons and has been a key member of an Oklahoma State staff that has led the Cowgirls to five straight postseasons, including three NCAA Tournament berths.

"Jim has been a great leader for our program," Holder said in the release. "The circumstances in which he has had to navigate are obviously very trying but he has been a rock over the past month for our women's team and for the community."

Littell is certainly qualified to be a head coach and has experience tremendous success in that capacity throughout his career.

Littell was a 2009 inductee into the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame for his success over a 14-year period at Seward Community College in Kansas. His Lady Saints amassed a 418-61 record and won nine conference titles under his watch. Littell's career record as a college head coach is 628-117.

His 2002 Seward club went 32-0 and won the school's first national championship.

His first game as the Cowgirls' head coach is against Texas – Pan American on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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