James "Mitch" Mitchell joined the Duke athletic department in January of 2009 and serves as the Director of Football Development for the Blue Devil gridiron program.
Mitchell joined the Duke staff after serving six years as the team Chaplin for the football, men's basketball and women's basketball programs at the University of Tennessee. Prior to his tenure with the Volunteers, Mitchell served as a National Director for Pro Athletes Outreach where he worked with both the NFL and Major League Baseball.
Other professional experience includes a stint as an Area Representative for the Fellowship of Athletes in Nashville, Tenn., and service as a Pastor of College/Career at Antiock Bible Church where he was the Director of Youth Departments while working as the Chaplin for the men's basketball and women's volleyball teams at the University of Washington.
A 1984 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Mitchell also has an extensive background in college football having held assistant coaching positions at Central Arkansas, Arkansas, Southwest Baptist, Savannah State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Tennessee State. A member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., he also earned a master's degree in education from Southwest Baptist in 1989.
Mitchell and his wife, Valerie, have three daughters -- Asyia, Ashley and Andrea.