Brian Ostermann will begin his first season at K-State in 2014-15 and will serve the program as the associate head coach. This will be Ostermann's 26th 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.
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.
Mittie's teams are known for playing a stifling defense and Ostermann has helped develop some of those schemes and game plans. While at TCU in 2013-14, the Horned Frogs were the Big 12's top scoring defense and ranked 23rd in the nation, by holding opponents to just 58.1 points per game. The 2013-14 squad also paced the Big 12 in steals per game (9.9) and ranked 28th in the nation in the category.
The Horned Frogs finished 22nd in the nation in defensive field goal percentage (.363) and were the top shot-blocking team in the Big 12 and finished seventh in the nation in the category at 6.1 per game. This was the third consecutive season TCU finished among the top-30 in the country in blocked shots per game, including a pair of top-10 rankings in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
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 25 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.