Bachelor’s Degree (BYU, '95)
Wife – Carri; Son - Brian, Daughters - Halie and Mikenzi
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- Played at BYU from 1987-90
- Seventh-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1991
- Spent three seasons in the NFL, splitting time with Atlanta and the Dallas Cowboys
- All-WAC cornerback played in four bowls with the Cougars and ran the opening leg of BYU’s All-America 400M relay team
- Still holds the school record for the longest interception return, a 97-yard effort against New Mexico in 1989
- His 13 career interceptions stand fifth in the school’s record book, while his five picks in 1989 were a season high.
West Virginia (cornerbacks)
East Carolina (defensive coordinator/secondary)
Texas Tech (cornerbacks)
Bowl Games Coached (11)
- During his coaching tenure, he has been on coaching staffs that have won five conference titles and made 11 bowl appearances
- Coached nine defensive backs who have advanced to the NFL.
- In 2012, the Pirates tied UCF for first place in the Eastern Division of Conference USA with a 7-1 league record and made their second bowl appearance in three years
- In 2011, Mitchell spearheaded and provided oversight to the implementation of a 3-4 scheme - an alignment that produced immediate results and earned ECU a reputation as one of most improved units nationally
- In his first year at ECU in 2010, he was faced with the daunting task of rebuilding a Pirate defense that lost nine of its 11 starters from the previous campaign - including the entire front seven. Further compounding the struggles were the loss of three prominent two-deep members during the season because of injuries
- Despite the personnel shortages, the Pirates still rated among the nation’s better turnover-producing units – tying for 34th in fumbles recovered (11) and among the top 60 in total takeaways (22) during his initial year
- The turnaround enabled the Pirates to move up 64 places on the FBS total defense rankings, allowing 102.5 fewer yards per game, and jump 22 spots in scoring defense by surrendering nearly 12 points per contest less than a year earlier
- The attacking approach also helped ECU stand 17th nationally in fumbles recovered, 35th in red zone efficiency defense and 41st in fourth-down conversion percentage
- Tutored cornerback Emanuel Davis to back-to-back All-Conference USA selections and developed Damon Magazu into a ball-hawking free safety who led the team with four interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 2011.
- Jamar Wall led the group with 62 tackles and two interceptions in 2008 and earned All-Big 12 honors in 2009 after ranking second nationally with 17 passes defended.
- The Red Raider pass defense ranked best in the Big 12 Conference in 2006 and 2007, limiting opponents to 188.4 yards per game in 2007 - the only Big 12 program to hold opponents below 200 yards per game.
- Worked on the staff of legendary coach LaVell Edwards
- Helped guide the team to five bowl appearances and a high ranking of No. 5 at the conclusion of the 1996 season
- Cougars captured back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships during his stay, which included the ’96 squad that rolled to a 14-1 record
-While at BYU, he also served as the faculty advisor to the Black Student Union from 1995-02.
All-Conference Players (15)
Emanuel Davis (2010-11), Damon Magazu (2012)
Chris Parker (2005), Jamar Wall (2005)
Jernaro Gilford (2001-02-03), Brian Gray (1998-99), Omar Morgan (1996-97), Tim McTyer (1995-96), Jason Walker (1997)
Professional Players (9)
Emanuel Davis (2012); Damon Magazu (2012)
Chris Parker (2005), Lamar Wall (2010)
Jernaro Gilford (2003), Brian Gray (2000), Omar Morgan (1999), Tim McTyer (1997), Jason Walker (1998)