In his first year at Ohio State, Mitchell helped mentor sophomore Ameryst Alston to First Team All-Big Ten honors while establishing one of the strongest backcourts in the Big Ten with Alston, Cait Craft and Raven Ferguson. His second season was more of the same as Alston garnered her second-straight First Team All-Big Ten honors and his daughter Kelsey was one of the best players in the country. Kelsey became the first freshman to ever lead the nation in scoring at 24.9 ppg and she set a new OSU and Big Ten single-season record with 873 points. Kelsey Mitchell made an NCAA single-season record 127 three-pointers and was named the National Freshman of the Year.
The combo of Mitchell and Alston were the highest-scoring back court tandem in the country.
The Buckeyes returned to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Mitchell’s third season in 2015-16. He helped guide the offense to a record-setting performance, breaking the school’s single-season scoring average at 86.0 ppg. That was third-best in the country in 2015-16 and the team had 14 games of 90 or more points. Alston and Mitchell were once again one of the top backcourts in the nation and each were named first team All-Big Ten. Kelsey Mitchell was a consensus first team All-American after averaging 26.1 ppg.
Mitchell, who has more than 20 years of coaching experience at the top high school and AAU levels, came to Ohio State after spending the previous 11 years as the boys varsity head coach at Taft High School in Cincinnati, where he amassed a record of 221-50 (.815). Mitchell resurrected the Senator program instantly in his first year, going 22-3 and winning the city championship after inheriting a program coming off 10 consecutive losing seasons. During his tenure at Taft, the Senators won eight Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference titles, nine sectional and four district titles and a Division III state championship in 2011. For his efforts, he was voted CMAC coach of the year eight times and the Cincinnati Enquirer coach of the year five times.
Prior to his appointment at Taft, Mitchell served as an assistant coach at Winton Woods High School from 2001-03 where he helped the Warriors to a Division I state runner-up finish in 2002. He also was an assistant coach on the All-Ohio Girls basketball team from 2011-13.
Mitchell received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Eastern Kentucky University in 1990 before earning a Master’s in Education from Marygrove College in Detroit in 2002. While at EKU Mitchell was a four-year letterwinner on the football team as an offensive lineman, helping EKU to two national Division 1-AA semifinal appearances. He earned first team All-Ohio Valley Conference and honorable mention All-America honors in 1989.
After college Mitchell played briefly in the World League of American Football for the Orlando Thunder in the spring of 1991 before going on to earn his master’s degree and begin his coaching career.
In addition to coaching, Mitchell has worked as a physical education and health teacher at Taft (2003-13), Cincinnati Winton Woods (2002-03) and in the Lakota West Schools from 1993-2002.
Mark Mitchell Coaching Resume
- Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Taft High School - 2003-13
- Assistant Coach, All-Ohio Girls Basketball - 2011-13
- Varsity Assistant Coach, Winton Woods High School - 2001-2003
- Varsity Assistant & JV Head Coach, Winton Woods High School - 1999-2001
- AAU Head Coach, U16 Cincinnati Hawks - 1999
- Freshmen Head Coach Winton Woods High School - 1998-99
- Varsity Assistant & JV Head Coach, Western Hills High School - 1997-98
- Varsity Summer league Head Coach, Western Hills High School - 1997
- Varsity Assistant, Aiken High School - 1995
- Varsity Assistant, Taft High School - 1994-95
- Varsity Assistant & 9th grade head coach, Mt. Healthy High School - 1993-94
- 8th grade Head Coach Princeton Jr. High - 1992-93
- 7th grade Head Coach, Princeton Jr. High - 1991-92
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