Tate is in his 11th season as the head women’s basketball coach for Ottawa University.
The 2016-17 Braves finished with the most wins since the 2006-07 season, finishing with an overall record of 18-13 and a fifth place finish in the KCAC with a record of 14-8. Madi Stewart, Ashley Romig, Kaylee Williams, and Jenna Kramer earned All-KCAC honors. The Braves ddid well off of the court as well with three student athletes being named Daktronic Scholar Athletes.
Under Tate the 2015-16 Braves made it to the KCAC Tournament Championship Game, upsetting third seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan and second seeded Friends University in the process. OU finished the year with a record of 12-18 and KCAC record of 9-11 to finish sixth in the conference. Two players earned All-KCAC honors with Ashley Romig was named First Team All-KCAC and Madi Stewart earned Honorable Mention honors.
For the 13th straight season, the Braves qualified for the KCAC Tournament in 2014-15. Tate led OU to its second consecutive double digit win season as the Braves finished with an overall record of 15-14 and tied for fourth in the KCAC with a record of 11-7. Tate had three players earn All-KCAC honors with Mikayla Skidmore being named First Team, Ashley Romig earning Second Team honors, and Madi Stewart being named Honorable Mention. Skidmore was also named to the All-KCAC Defensive Team.
The 2013-14 Braves finished with an overall record of 15-14 and a KCAC record of 11-7 to finish fourth in the KCAC. OU qualified for the KCAC Tournament for the 12th straight season, hosting a first round game. Under his leadership, Amber Ramsey became OU's first NAIA All-American since the 2006-07 season, earning Honorable Mention honors. She was named First Team All-KCAC and was named to the All-KCAC Defensive Team. Ashley Romig was named KCAC Freshman of the Year and earned Third Team All-KCAC honors. Mikayla Skidmore joined Ramsey and Romig on the All-KCAC teams with her Third Team selection. The Lady Braves excelled in the classroom again with Ramsey and Boore being named Daktronic Scholar Athletes.
The Braves finished the 2012-13 season seventh in the KCAC, qualifying for the conference tournament for the 11th straight season. Under Tate's tutelage Amber Ramsey earned Second Team All-KCAC honors and finished the year ranked 19th in NAIA Division II in blocks per game (1.7) and 19th in total blocks (51). The Braves finished the 2012-13 season ranked 37th in NAIA Division II in blocks per game (3.2), 42nd in scoring defense per game (61.7), 42nd in total blocks (93), and 49th in free throw percentage (.693). The Braves excelled in the classroom with Ramsey and Morgan Boore being named Daktronic Scholar Athletes.
The 2011-12 team finished with an overall record of 12-16 and a KCAC finish of 10-8, tying for fourth with Sterling College. The 12 wins were the most since the 2006-07 season for the Lady Braves. Under Tate’s tutelage Paige Gibson earned First Team All-KCAC honors, Shannon Carlin was named Honorable Mention All-KCAC, and Amber Ramsey was the third straight Brave to be named to the KCAC Champions of Character Team. The Braves finished the season ranked 28th in NAIA Division II in turnover margin (2.5), 32nd in steals per agme (10.4), 33rd in blocks per game (3.1), 39th in three point field goals made per game (5.9), 43rd in total blocks (89), 46th in scoring defense per game (62.4), 48th in three point field goals made (166), 48th in assist/turnover ratio (0.734), and 49th in assists per game (13.1).
Under Tate’s leadership the 2010-11 team finished with an overall record of 11-18 and a KCAC record of 8-10. The Braves finished the season ranked sixth in the KCAC. OU had three Lady Braves earned All-KCAC honors with Maggie Hasenkamp and Tessa Porter earned Honorable Mention honors and Amber Ramsey being named to the All-KCAC Freshmen Team. For the second year in a row a Brave was named to the KCAC Champions of Character team with Taryn Morris earning the honor. OU finished the season ranked 36th in NAIA Division II in defensive field goal percentage (0.376), 50th in three point field goals made per game (6), and 50th in total defensive rebounds (37.6). The Braves continued their excellent work in the classroom as Paige Gibson, Kylie Covey, and Emma Hartzler were all named Daktronic Scholar Athletes and the team was named a NAIA Scholar Team.
Tate led his 2009-10 team to an overall record of 7-23 and a sixth place finish in the KCAC with a record of 5-13. OU won is opening round game in the KCAC Tournament for the sixth time in seven seasons. Under Tate’s leadership, Misty Stone earned All-KCAC Honorable Mention. Tate had his first KCAC Champion of Character Award winner as Kylie Covey earned the honor. With Tate at the helm, the Lady Braves finished the year ranked 23rd in NAIA Division II in three point field goals made (216), 27th in three point field goals made per game (7.2) and 50th in three point field goal percentage (.325). The Lady Braves excelled in the class room with Covey, Emma Hartzler, Paige Gibson and Mallory Mueller earning NAIA Daktronic Scholar Athlete honors. To go along with that the team was named a NAIA Scholar Team.
In 2008-09, Tate led the Braves to an overall record of 9-20 and a KCAC record of 8-10, good for fifth place in the conference He coached two All-KCAC performers, Marie Goyette and Sammi Ronnebaum, and had six Lady Braves earn NAIA Scholor Athlete honors; Mallory Mueller, Kylie Covey, Emma Hartzler, Kelsey Nelson, Stef Randa, and Sam Reno.
During the 2007-08 season, he guided a young squad to a 7-23 overall record and a 5-13 KCAC record. OU finished eighth in the KCAC and won its opening round game of the KCAC Tournament for the fifth straight year. OU placed two players on the All-KCAC teams. Rachel Brown was an All-KCAC Honorable Mention selection and Emma Hartzler was named to the KCAC All-Freshman team. The Lady Braves placed five players on the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete team; Jara Vance, Stef Randa, Sam Reno, Mallory Mueller, and Kelsey Nelson.
Before being named head coach, Tate spent nine years as an assistant coach for the Lady Braves basketball team and was also the head junior varsity coach. He helped lead OU to four straight KCAC Championship games, winning three. Tate has also helped lead the Lady Braves to three appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2006-07. He coached three NAIA Division II All-Americans; Gina Wheat (2003-04), Hallie Boyce (2005-06, 2006-07) and Brittany Broyles (2006-07).
In addition to coaching basketball, Tate is an assistant athletic director and an instructor in physical education. He graduated from OU in 2000 with a degree in physical education emphasizing in recreation administration and health and fitness. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Emporia State University in 2005.
Tate and his wife Missy live in Ottawa, Kan.
Prior to OU, Bedell was an intern with the Long Beach State University women’s basketball program. While at LBSU he helped maintain the recruiting database, coordinate video exchange, coded game film, instructed the male practice players for the scout team, assisted with team and elite camps, kept stats, prepared the gym for practice, and assisted with travel itineraries.
While working at LBSU, Bedell was also an assistant varsity coach for the boy’s basketball team at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. Before that, he was the varsity girl’s head coach at El Toro High School.
Bedell also coached at the junior college level. From 2005-2006, Bedell was an assistant at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. He helped the head coach with practice and game management, recruiting potential student-athletes, and was responsible for guard development.
Bedell was also the varsity girl’s head basketball coach at Mission Viejo High School from 2003-2005 and 1999-2002.
He graduated with a master degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in 2012. Bedell did his undergraduate work at California State Fullerton, earning a bachelor’s degree in history.
Coach Franzitta is in his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the OU women’s basketball program.
Franzitta has been a coach with the Lady Prospects AAU Basketball Club and Independence Homeschool. At Independence Homeschool he was the head coach for the junior high boys (2013-2014), head JV boys coach (2014-2015) and the assistant basketball coach for the high school boys team (2012-2015). Franzitta helped Independence Homeschool to a 2013 National Division II Championship and two appearances in the National Christian Homeschool Championship Basketball Tournament. He helped develop one NCHC All-American and two NCHC Honorable Mention players. While with the Lady Prospects, he has coached in both the junior high and high school program.
Franzitta graduated from the University of Kansas in May of 2016 with a bachelor of arts in secondary education – history/government.
Franzitta will be teaching at the Ottawa Middle School where he will be a 6th and 7th grade social studies teacher and coach football for the Cyclones.
Coach Grammer is in her first year as a graduate assistant coach with the OU women’s basketball program. She was a four-year letterman on the basketball court for the Braves under head coach Bruce Tate.
Before returning to OU, Grammer worked for Phillips 66 where she ran all aspects of the Fitness Center and Bowling Lanes.
Grammer was a two-year starter at point guard for OU. In her four year career, Grammer appeared in 108 games. She averaged 3.7 points 2.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. As a senior, Grammer average career highs in points (5.8) and assists (3.2). She helped lead the 2015-16 Braves to its first KCAC Tournament Championship Game since 2006-07. Off of the court, Grammer volunteered with United Way, the Garfield Elementary 5th Grade Class, and Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.
Grammer graduated from OU in May 2016 with a bachelor’s of arts in exercise science. She is getting her masters in business with an emphasis in leadership development at Ottawa University.
Coach Williams is in her first season as a student assistant coach with the OU women’s basketball program.
Williams was a two year letterman on the basketball court for the Braves, earning Honorable Mention All-KCAC honors as a senior. In her senior season, Williams averaged 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. She finished her two year OU career by scoring 579 points, tallying 187 rebounds, 69 assists, and 70 steals.
Before transferring to OU, Williams spent two seasons at Cuesta College. She averaged 12.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. While at CC, Williams earned First Team All-Conference honors, was named to the all-tournament team, was named Best Defensive Player, and was in the top five in the state of California in free throw percentage. She also was selected to play in the 2015 Sophomore Showcase.
Williams is a human services major.