In his first four years with the program, he coached both the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s programs before expanding the staff prior to the 2007-08 season. In 2007, Mitchell mainly coached the menâ€™s team while overseeing both programs. This year, Mitchell will primarily coach the womenâ€™s program while continuing to oversee both programs.
A catalyst for the resurgence of Dolphin rowing, Mitchell has led the program to a higher level of success each season while also seeing the completion of the new state-of-the-art Negaard Rowing Center on the banks of the St. Johns River in 2008. The team size has more than doubled since Mitchell has been involved with the JU program.
Along with one of the top facilities in the nation, Mitchell has increased exposure for the program in the each of the last nine seasons. With the menâ€™s program, he has directed the squad to six consecutive Florida State Championships (FIRA) and multiple medals in the Southern Championships (SIRA). At Dad Vails, the Menâ€™s Eights are consistently making the grand final, with the Junior Varsity 8 earning a silver medal in 2009.
In 2010, Mitchell coached the Menâ€™s Varsity 8 to the IRA National Championship, JUâ€™s first bid in school history, where they finished 18th in the nation. In 2011, the Men's Varsity 8 once again made the grand final at Dad Vails. In 2012, The Menâ€™s team finished 2nd overall, while winning most of the main events at the MAAC Conference Championships, while the Womenâ€™s team finished a strong 3rd overall.
Prior to JU, Mitchell spent the 2002-03 season as the assistant women's rowing coach at West Virginia. While with the program, he helped the Mountaineers win the San Diego Crew Classic, the Knecht Cup, SIRAâ€™s and also earn medals at the Big East Championships, the Head of the Charles, and Dad Vails. Due to their success, Mitchell was named the Mid-Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year and was one of five finalists for National Assistant "Coach of the Year." Before his move to WVU, Mitchell was the head men's rowing coach at Miami from 1998-2002 and the head rowing coach for the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association from 1994-1998.
As a student-athlete, Mitchell was a rower and a member of the Top 20 wresting program at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He earned the Senior Rower Award while with the Mocs rowing program. He received his bachelor's degree in business management from Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1992 and went on to earn his master's in special education from Georgia State in 2001.
Along with his duties as coach and director with the Dolphin rowing programs, Mitchell is currently the head coach of the Brooks Adaptive Rowing Program at JU and is currently a member of the board of directors for the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association.