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Ostermann in as new Grizzly hoops coach

Thursday, June 24, 2004

The last step in the hiring process for the new Grizzly Basketball staff at Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains (SMSU-WP) took place June 18 when the SMSU Board of Governors gave its stamp of approval to the choices of Brian Ostermann and his brother, Chad Ostermann, as head coach and assistant head coach, respectively.
The board approved a two-year contract for Brian Ostermann, from July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2006. A one-year contract, from July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2005, was approved for Chad Ostermann.
"We are grateful for the approval of the Board of Governors," SMSU-WP Chancellor Kent Thomas said. "Brian and Chad Ostermann are a proven team that has achieved great results at Colby Community College. We look forward to getting them to West Plains and started with our program."
Brian Ostermann becomes the second head coach in the program's history. He comes to Grizzly Basketball after a successful five seasons with the Colby (Kan.) Community College Trojans, during which time the Trojans posted a 99-66 overall record and had back-to-back 24-win seasons. The team also was ranked No. 2 in the nation in December 2003 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I men's poll. He also has experience at the assistant coach level with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, NCAA Division I program, and Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, a Division II program.
Chad Ostermann joined his brother at Colby in April 1999 as assistant, then later associate, basketball coach. While at Colby, the younger Ostermann served as recruiting coordinator, administered player wellness and NJCAA rules compliance, monitored and mentored student-athlete academic progress, scouted opponents, and prepared game plans. He also coordinated all aspects of team play, including player development, game preparation, practice planning and off-season strength and conditioning.
Prior to his position at Colby, Chad Ostermann worked from 1998-1999 as graduate assistant men's basketball coach at South Dakota State University in Brookings. His duties included assisting the coaching staff in recruiting, player strength and conditioning, academics, scouting, scheduling, individual workouts and on-floor coaching.
Chad Ostermann graduated in 1997 from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn., with a bachelor of science in physical education degree. A student-athlete, Ostermann was the Mustangs' starting shooting guard from 1993 to 1997 and helped lead the NCAA Division II school to its best record in school history (18-9) during his junior year. He earned Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honorable mention all-conference honors his senior year and left the program as its leading career 3-point shooter, hitting 36 percent of his shots from behind the arc. He also competed three seasons on the Mustangs' baseball team, which won two conference championships and one postseason championship while he was on the team.
During his high school career at Maple River High School in Good Thunder, Minn., Ostermann helped lead the Eagles to the 1993 Minnesota Class A State Championship in basketball. That same year, he was named the Minnesota Basketball News "Player of the Year." He earned all-state honors twice in high school for basketball. In addition to playing basketball, Ostermann competed with the school's football and baseball teams, earning all-conference honors in each sport. He also set the single-game home run record for the state when he smashed four home runs in one game during his junior year.
A talented athlete, Chad Ostermann has participated in men's fast-pitch softball competitions for several years. He was a member of the 1993 and 1996 national championship teams and the 1997 world championship team. He also helped lead his team to the first-ever World Series title in 2001 and was named Most Valuable Player and first team All-World that season.

Ostermann earned a master of science degree in health, physical education and recreation from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., in 2000.

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