Brian Ostermann enters his second season at K-State in 2015-16 and will serve the program as the associate head coach. This will be Ostermann’s 27th season of coaching at the collegiate level.
In addition to his coaching duties at K-State under head coach Jeff Mittie, Ostermann is also responsible for scheduling, academic mentoring, recruiting evaluation and game plan preparation and development.
Mittie’s teams are known for playing a stifling defense and Ostermann has helped develop some of those schemes and game plans. Mittie and Ostermann helped reshape K-State’s defense in their first season, as the Wildcats finished the season ranked 44th in the nation in scoring defense (58.2 ppg allowed), 12th in steals (11.3 spg) and 42nd in blocked shots (4.7 bpg). K-State’s defense ranked first in the Big 12 in steals, second in scoring defense and third in blocked shots.
The Wildcats registered the second-most steals in program history with 374 steals in 2014-15. In addition to the 374 steals, K-State blocked 156 shots which marked the ninth time in school history that K-State blocked 100 or more shots in a season and was the fourth-most in program history for blocks in a season.
Prior to coming to K-State, Ostermann was the associate head coach for Mittie at TCU for six seasons and compiled a record of 107-81 during his time in Fort Worth, which included four postseason appearances - two NCAA Tournaments and two WNITs.
Regarding player development, Ostermann worked with former TCU center Latricia Lovings to help her develop into one of the top shot blockers in the nation. Lovings finished her career with 321 career blocks to rank second in school history. Over a two year span from the 2012-13 season to the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign, Lovings racked up a national-high 232 blocked shots. At the end of the 2013-14 season, Lovings led the Big 12 and ranked third in the nation for blocked shots with 3.8 per game.
A native of Good Thunder, Minn., Ostermann has logged 26 years of experience as a coach at the collegiate level, including nine seasons as a head coach. He ran the Missouri State-West Plains men’s program for four seasons from 2004-05 through 2007-08, where he posted a record of 83-46.
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 the program reached 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.
Prior to his appointment at West Plains, Ostermann spent five seasons as the head men’s 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 a 95-61 record 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. One of Ostermann’s early achievements included the successful recruitment of two-time All-American Tonya Foster to Missouri Western.
Ostermann began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State University (1989-91), where he graduated with a master’s of science degree in education. Ostermann earned his bachelor of science degree in physical education from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1988. He and his wife, Julie, have four children: Robbie, John, Allie and Emily.