After finishing its 2021-22 regular season with a 15-point loss to No. 7 Texas, Oklahoma State and women’s basketball coach Jim Littell have parted ways.
Littell took over as the head coach for the Cowgirls in 2011 after former head coach Kurt Budke died in a plane crash on November 17, 2011. Since then, Littell has led OSU to a 203-139 record and six appearances in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
He will always be credited with taking over a program during one of the hardest times in school history and is beloved by the Stillwater community.
2021-22 was certainly the worst season on the Littell era as the Pokes went 8-19 overall and just 3-15 in Big 12 play.
Oklahoma State is set to play eight-seed Texas Tech in the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday, with the winner advancing to play the top-seeded Baylor Bears. Littell will coach the Cowgirls until the end of their season meaning that he will coach agaisnt Texas Tech and whoever else OSU faces if they are able to move on from there.
“I want to thank Coach Littell for everything he has done for our program over the past 17 years, first as associate head coach and these past 11 seasons as our head coach,” said OSU athletic director Chad Weiberg. “We are greatly appreciative of the leadership and direction he has provided over the years, including shepherding our program through the most difficult circumstances imaginable.
“However, after my discussions with Coach over the past two days, he and I have mutually agreed that it is time for a new direction.”