The K-State women’s basketball team’s assistant coach, Claire Coggins, announced her resignation Wednesday following a three-year stint on the basketball staff and a four-year playing career as a Wildcat.
Coggins wrapped up her first year as assistant coach this season after serving two seasons as the director of operations and director of video operations. She will be parting ways with the program to pursue other career opportunities.
“I have decided to leave K-State, so that I can pursue other career opportunities that really pull at my heart and my passions,” Coggins said in a press release. “My chapter for basketball is over. K-State, for me, has always been a home away from home and a second family. I have been truly blessed to have had the wonderful opportunities to not only play basketball here, but to also work with one of the most professional administrations in America, that value college athletics and women’s sports equally to men’s.”
During her K-State playing career (2003-07), Coggins became the 32nd Wildcat to surpass the 1,000-point mark. She is currently 19th on the K-State all-time career points list and 23rd on the assists list with 213.
Following her time at K-State, Coggins spent one year in the WNBA before traveling overseas to play professional basketball in Athens, Greece. She returned to the U.S. in 2009, serving as an assistant coach at Connors State and Oklahoma State.
“We appreciate the hard work that Claire Coggins has put in this past year for K-State as she took on a new role,” K-State head coach Jeff Mittie said. “Claire has decided to get out of coaching and look at other professional opportunities. She has a tremendous passion for K-State women’s basketball and will always be a huge part of our program.”
Mittie stated in the press release that K-State has already begun a search to replace Coggins.