Jim Littell
  Jim Littell

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Southwestern College, 1977


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In just two seasons as Oklahoma State's head coach, Jim Littell has already made his mark, becoming the first coach in program history to post consecutive 20-win seasons in their first two seasons in Stillwater.

In 2012-13, Littell guided OSU to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010. The Cowgirls got out of the gate quickly, starting the year with 11 consecutive victories to log the best start in school history. Coupled with its six wins to close out 2012, Littell's squad held the nation's longest winning streak for a month and a half. A pair of victories over Top 25 opponents in Big 12 play preceded Littell's first NCAA victory, a convincing triumph over DePaul.

Individually, Littell coached Tiffany Bias and Toni Young to honorable mention All-America status, while Brittney Martin was named a freshman All-American. Young capped her career as a first-round draft pick by the WNBA's New York Liberty, while Martin finished her freshman campaign with an invite to USA Basketball's U19 Team Trials.

Littell took over the Oklahoma State women's basketball program under unthinkable circumstances one game into the 2011-12 season and admirably guided the Cowgirls through the most trying season in program history.

Following the tragic deaths of head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna on Nov. 17, Littell assumed his current role and directed the Cowgirls to the 11th 20-win season in program history and saw his squad extend its school-record string of postseason appearances to six in a row.

For the previous six years, Littell had served as OSU's associate head coach and was an integral part in the resurgence of the Cowgirl program.

After serving in an interim capacity for his first four games, Littell was officially elevated to the head coaching position on Dec. 9.

It didn't take Littell long to write his own chapter in the school's record books, leading the squad to the Women's National Invitation Tournament title in his first season as head coach.

The Cowgirls notched their first win over a Top 25 program under Littell's guidance on Jan. 7 with a 70-51 triumph over No. 23 Texas. It took OSU just 17 days to earn its second win over a ranked team with Littell at the helm as the Cowgirls knocking off the defending national champion, Texas A&M.

Sandwiched in between OSU's Top 25 triumphs was a down-to-the-wire Bedlam victory over Oklahoma, which snapped the Cowgirls' eight-game losing streak against their in-state rivals. In the midst of a four-game losing streak, Littell rallied the Cowgirls with three consecutive victories to close the regular season and prime the squad for its postseason run.

OSU's WNIT semifinal victory over San Diego resulted in Littell's 20th victory as head coach, making him the first coach in program history to achieve the feat during their first season. A season-best crowd of 6,157 filed into Gallagher-Iba Arena and helped propel the Cowgirls to a 75-68 victory over James Madison in the title game.

Individually, Littell's first campaign resulted in a pair of players earning postseason recognition with Tiffany Bias garnering second-team All-Big 12 honors and Liz Donohoe being named the league's freshman of the year.

As associate head coach, he was instrumental in the Cowgirls producing the nation's largest turnaround and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in more than a decade in 2007. He also helped OSU to NCAA berths in 2008 and 2010 as well as WNIT appearances in in 2009 and 2011.

Prior to his move to the Division I level, Littell constructed a hall of fame career during his 14-year tenure at Seward County (Kan.) Community College, A 2009 inductee into the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame, Littell compiled an eye-popping set of numbers at his former post as the Lady Saints won 87 percent of their games, tallying a 418-61 ledger and producing nine Jayhawk West Conference titles under his guidance. Overall, Littell owns a 628-117 mark as a head coach.

A nine-time conference coach of the year, Littell was named the WBCA National Coach of the Year in 2001 and was selected as the top coach in the region on four occasions, earning the distinction in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005.

Littell led Seward County to its first Region VI title in 1999 and followed up with regional titles in 2002, 2004 and 2005. In both 2000 and 2001, Littell led the Lady Saints to a No. 1 ranking in the final NJCAA poll and a combined record of 32-0 against conference opponents. His 2002 squad produced three All-Americans, a perfect 38-0 mark and the school's first-ever national championship in any sport. He was named the NJCAA National Tournament Coach of the Year that same season. The 2001-02 season capped a three-year run by the Lady Saints that produced 104 wins against just two losses.

Under his watch, the Lady Saints recorded seven 30-win seasons. After finishing with a 14-16 record during his first season, Littell's squads never produced less than 25 wins in a season and averaged nearly 32 wins per year against less than four losses over the course of his final 13 seasons.

The most impressive number of all may have come in the form of Seward County's home record in his 14 seasons. From 1995-2004, the Lady Saints did not lose a home game, posting a 135-game winning streak inside the SCCC Activities Center to set the NJCAA national record. During the course of his final 13 seasons, Littell's squads won 99 percent of their home contests, producing an astounding record of 189-2.

All told, his squads produced 11 All-Americans and five Region VI Most Valuable Players. Nine times, one of Littell's players was tabbed as the Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player, while four players from Seward County earned the league's freshman of the year honor under his direction.

Prior to his run at Seward County, Littell spent one season at Garden Plains High School, posting a 21-3 mark. As head coach at Friends University from 1983-88, he produced a 95-39 record and a pair of conference championships. He also served as the assistant men's coach at Cameron (Okla.) University from 1988-89.

Littell began his coaching career at Oxford High School in 1978 where he produced a 94-14 mark and a Kansas Class 2A state championship in 1981.

A 1977 graduate of Southwestern College, Littell and his wife, Barb, are the parents of two sons, Jerame and Jon, and one daughter, Jaci.

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