By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Return of The ‘Stump’??
All of the terms of his contract are yet to be worked out, as the Washington Redskins still have one regular season game remaining, and he is still under contract with the NFL team.
“Stump Mitchell’s 21 years in the NFL, 10 as a player and 11 years as a assistant coach, combined with his head coaching experience, will bring a wealth of diverse knowledge to our football program”, says Greg LaFleur, Southern’s Director of Athletics.
“I am very excited to have Lyvonia “Stump” Mitchell joining the Jaguar Nation as our 17th head football coach. I am confident that he will help us bring the fans back to A.W. Mumford Stadium and that he will help us achieve our goal of strengthening the relationship between SUBR and the community surrounding the campus”, says Dr. Kofi Lomotey, Chancellor of Southern University-Baton Rouge.
“We anticipate Coach Mitchell joining the Jaguar Nation and we have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our football program. Being a former student athlete, Coach Mitchell understands that our goal is to develop our team to their greatest potential on and off the field,” said Southern University System Interim President Dr. Kassie Freeman.
“We are also very proud of the hard work and dedication of our Board Chairman, Chancellor, and Athletic Director during the search process.
This is indicative of their commitment to ensuring the success of our athletic programs, along with working collaboratively to make the best decision for our great institution.”
Mitchell’s coaching career began in 1991, when he served as an assistant coach on the World League of American Football’s San Antonio Riders’ staff. He then accepted a position as the head coach at Casa Grande (Ariz.) High School (1991-94), where he led the team to a playoff berth in his second year.
He was the head coach at Morgan State University from 1996 to 1998, compiling a record of 8-24. He originally joined the MSU staff in 1995 as offensive coordinator, earning a promotion to head coach the following year.
He served as the Running Backs Coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1999-2007. From 2001-07, he coached alongside current Redskins head coach Jim Zorn, who was quarterbacks coach there at the time.
Mitchell played nine years in the NFL as a standout running back with the St.
Louis/Phoenix Cardinals. He was a ninth-round draft choice by the Cardinals in 1981 and would go on to become one of the great running backs and kick returners in Cardinals history.