Logan Mittie: student, coach’s daughter, broadcaster, athlete

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    Logan Mittie plays role of guard for TCU women's basketball team, broadcaster for men's basketball team and head coach's daughter.

    Logan Mittie plays a double role as basketball player and men's basketball broadcaster, just as her father, women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie, fills the dual roles of coach and dad.

    Logan Mittie, sophomore, is no stranger to the basketball court. In fact, she said she has spent most of her time at TCU in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. As the head coach’s daughter, she was practically born into the sport.

    “I started playing basketball when I was four on a little boys' YMCA team,” Mittie said.

    Mittie said her long history with the sport has made her a smart player. Her life-long history with her dad as a coach has given her another strength.

    “I kind of know what he wants out of practice, so I think that helps and I can tell other people- not that it keeps us from running any less,” Mittie said.

    However, Mittie said she does not feel like having her dad as her coach gives her a real advantage. She said sometimes the relationship actually makes things a little more difficult.

    “While we’re on the court it’s more of a coach-player relationship,” Mittie said. “It’s hard sometimes because maybe you’re not playing as much as you want to, but he is your dad so you can’t go talk to him and complain. That part is hard, but you deal with it.”

    Mittie provides more for the basketball team than just special insight about her father. As a freshman, Mittie played in 22 games, scoring a total of 23 points. She said her strength is shooting from outside the line. At Aledo High School, Mittie averaged 19.6 points each game.

    As she continues at the university, Mittie said she is looking for more than just a future in basketball. She said her dream job would be reporting on the sidelines at college football games. Mittie said her experience with collegiate basketball could be a stepping stone to that dream.

    “I’m open to anything," Mittie said. "Of course I love basketball so I’d love to stay with basketball, and women’s sports are really important to me."

    When Mittie is not practicing or playing in a TCU women’s basketball game, she still puts in hours on the court.

    For her Introduction to Remote Sports Production class, she broadcasts men’s basketball games from the same stadium she herself plays in.

    “I know what the athletes have to go through; I can relate to what they have to do so I kind of know what they’re doing all the time and I know which questions to ask,” Mittie said.

    Classmate Geoffrey Craig said he sees both advantages and disadvantages for Mittie in her dual roles.

    “I think it helps- from being able to shoot the game you kind of know what’s going on better,” Craig said. “Disadvantage of course is that she’s an athlete, so she’s either gonna miss practice or an opportunity for games. She’s got to weigh the pros and cons of each one. She’s here for basketball but she wants to do sports broadcasting. It’s got to be hard.”

    Though she has had to miss basketball practice in order to work other athletic games for her class, Mittie said it has not been a major problem, and that for now, it's worth it.