Ostermann Joins Lady Frogs As Associate Head

Brian Ostermann, formerly the head men's basketball coach at Missouri State-West Plains, has joined the TCU women's basketball program as associate head coach, Lady Frog head coach Jeff Mittie announced Thursday.

Brian Ostermann, formerly the head men's basketball coach at Missouri State-West Plains, has joined the TCU women's basketball program as associate head coach, Lady Frog head coach Jeff Mittie announced Thursday. Mittie and Ostermann previously coached together during Mittie's first season as a head coach in 1992-93 at Missouri Western.

"Brian has a very diverse background in coaching," Mittie said. "He has been an assistant coach at all levels of the collegiate game, and he also has spent the last nine years in a highly advanced role as a head coach. He also is a great recruiter. We are always looking for someone who is effective in that role, and a coach is even more valuable when he has the on-floor coaching talents of someone like Brian."

"It's a blessing to have the opportunity to coach at a place like TCU," Ostermann said. "To work for the second time with Jeff Mittie, one of the premier Division I women's basketball coaches, is something I forward to. The program has been one of the best in the country since Jeff took over."

A native of Good Thunder, Minn., Ostermann has logged 20 years experience as a coach at the collegiate level, including the past nine seasons as a head coach. He ran the Missouri State-West Plains men's program for four seasons from 2004-05 through this past spring, leading the Grizzlies to at least 20 wins in each of the last three campaigns. He posted an 83-46 record in four seasons with the program.

Ostermann's final season in West Plains saw his Grizzly squad tie the program's best-ever record at 27-5 in addition to reaching the championship round of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region 16 Championship Tournament. It marked the second time in three seasons of reaching the regional final for the Grizzlies, who finished the season ranked No. 18 in the NJCAA poll after peaking at No. 10 at one point in the season.

Missouri State-West Plains began its string of 20-win seasons in Ostermann's second year on campus with a 20-13 record in 2005-06. Among the victory total were five wins over teams that were ranked at one time in the NJCAA top 10, including eventual NJCAA national champion Arkansas-Fort Smith. Tyrone Brazelton, who would later help Western Kentucky reach the Sweet 16 of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, was named Region 16 Player of the Year and a first-team All-American in his final season as a Grizzly.

Ostermann's squad followed up its breakthrough season with a 20-12 record and fourth-place finish in the Region 16 standings in 2006-07.

In addition to Brazelton, Ostermann helped nearly 20 junior college players advance on to NCAA Division I careers, including: Justin Williams, the 2005-06 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year at Wyoming, and Paul Carter, who signed to play for Minnesota beginning next season.

Prior to his appointment at West Plains, Ostermann spent five seasons as head coach at Colby (Kan.) Community College, where he helped turn the Trojan program into one of the top squads in the Jayhawk Conference. The school's all-time leader in career victories, Ostermann posted 96 wins during his time with the Trojans.

Ostermann was an accomplished assistant coach before moving into the head coach's role, holding positions at UMKC (1996-99), Missouri Western (1992-96) and Mercyhurst College (1991-92). His first season at Missouri Western was spent as an assistant for both the men's and women's team. That season marked Mittie's first season as head coach of the Griffon women's program.

Ostermann began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State University (1989-91) after graduating from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1988.

Ostermann will fill the staff position vacated by former assistant coach Josh Keister, who resigned in June.


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