Former MSSU coach Mitts hired as Cottey College head coach, athletic director

Maryann Mitts is the winningest coach in MSSU history.

NEVADA, Mo – Cottey College has announced the hiring of former Missouri Southern women’s head coach Maryann Mitts as the Comets’ next head basketball coach and athletic director.

Mitts is the winningest coach in MSSU history, averaging 19 wins per season in her 13-year career with the Lions. In 17 seasons as a college head coach, Mitts is 272-201 overall, including 189-145 with Missouri Southern.


— Cottey College Vice President for Student Life Dr. Landon Adams has
announced the hire of Dr. Maryann Mitts as the next head basketball coach and athletic

“We are very excited to welcome Maryann to Cottey,” said Dr. Adams. “Maryann
brings a wealth of experience and a winning pedigree to the Comets program. I am
confident that under her leadership our basketball program and athletics department will
benefit and grow moving forward.”

Dr. Mitts, former women’s head basketball coach at Missouri Southern State
University (MSSU), is the winningest coach in school history. Under Dr. Mitts’ guidance, the
Lions averaged 19 wins during her 13 years at the helm and finished in the upper echelon
of the highly competitive Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association seven of those
years. In 17 years as a collegiate head coach, Dr. Mitts amassed an impressive 14 winning
seasons. She holds a 272-201 (.575) mark as a collegiate head coach and a career record at
MSSU of 189-145 (.566) in 13 seasons.

“I am humbled and thrilled to have this opportunity at Cottey College,” Dr. Mitts
said. “There is so much potential at Cottey and I see such a bright future for the College as a
whole and the athletics department. I can’t wait to get to work building something that the
campus and community of Nevada can be really proud of.”

In addition to serving as the head coach at MSSU from 2000-2013, she served as the
head basketball coach at Rockhurst University from 1995-2000 where she led the
transition of the athletic program from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
(NAIA) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. Cottey made a
similar move recently leaving the two-year National Junior College Athletic Association
(NJCAA) for membership in the four-year NAIA.

After leaving coaching, Dr. Mitts taught Kinesiology at MSSU from 2013-2019. She
earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 2019 and has been an
assistant professor of kinesiology at Missouri State University for the last two years.

Dr. Mitts is also a member of Chapter FI, Joplin, Missouri, of the P.E.O. Sisterhood,
the organization that owns and supports Cottey College.

“We are looking forward to the future of our athletics department,” said Dr. Jann
Weitzel, President of Cottey College. “She is a great fit for this college and I have
tremendous confidence in her ability to make our athletics department and basketball
program successful.”