Ostermann will assist MSU-WP the next couple of weeks in a transitional phase. A search for his replacement will begin immediately, university officials said.
"My family and I are very blessed, and we are excited about this opportunity," Ostermann said of his new coaching position. "TCU has been to seven of the past eight NCAA tournaments and has ranked as one of the top overall programs in the country. It's a great university, Coach Jeff Mittie is one of the premier coaches in America and Fort Worth is a fantastic city."
"But I wouldn't have had this opportunity without the support of so many people over the years, especially at Missouri State-West Plains and in the community," he continued. "The entire faculty and staff at Missouri State-West Plains have been awesome to work with, including former Chancellor Kent Thomas and current Chancellor Drew Bennett, and I've appreciated the guidance and friendship of Dr. Herb Lunday. Our program has been successful because we always have great support from fans and friends. My family and I will miss those supporters and friends and West Plains will always have a special place in our hearts."
"We hate to lose Brian Ostermann, especially after such a successful season last year," Bennett said. "But he has left the Grizzlies in good hands with assistant coach Yancey Walker, and he has brought together a great group of recruits and returning players who will continue the winning tradition fans expect from the Grizzly basketball program. Let us not forget that we unexpectedly lost our assistant coach last year right before the season started. Despite that obstacle, our team tied the best record it ever produced. We have a very strong program, and I'm not being unrealistic when I say I'm extremely optimistic about our upcoming season."
During his four-year tenure at Missouri State-West Plains, Ostermann led the Grizzlies to an 83-46 record and second-place finishes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 16 Championship Series in two of the last three seasons. Five players were named to the All-Region 16 team during Ostermann's tenure, and one, Tyrone Brazelton, earned Region 16 Player of the Year and NJCAA First-Team All-American honors in 2005-06.
The 2007-08 season was the Grizzlies' most successful season under Ostermann.
For the third time in program history, the team finished the season with a 27-5 record, which ties the all-time single season record first set in 1999-2000 and repeated in 2000-02.
The Grizzlies also posted their best ever record on the road at 10-2; they were ranked in every NJCAA poll, reaching as high as No. 10 and finishing at No. 18; and they recorded their third straight 20-win season.
"Over the past four years, Coach Ostermann has shown all of us his commitment to family, career and community," said Lunday, dean of student services and athletic director at Missouri State-West Plains. "I've admired this balance. I have also enjoyed watching the athleticism and competitiveness of the Grizzly basketball team under his direction. There were some very exciting moments that will be remembered in Grizzly lore for many years to come."
Ostermann, a native of Good Thunder, Minn., came to Missouri State-West Plains on July 1, 2004, after five seasons as head coach at Colby (Kan.) Community College.
Prior to his tenure at Colby, Ostermann served as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1996-99), Missouri Western State University (1992-96) and Mercyhurst College (1991-92), and as graduate assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State University (1989-91).