May 25, 2011
ATLANTA – Former Yellow Jacket standout Janie Mitchell has been named an assistant coach for the Georgia Tech women’s basketball program, head coach MaChelle Joseph announced today.
“I am excited to add Janie Mitchell to our coaching staff,” Joseph said. “She had a tremendous impact on our program as a player, and it was obvious this past season she was going to have the same effect on our program as a coach. Our players respect her and respond to her.”
Mitchell returned to The Flats for the 2010-11 season as coordinator for recruiting operations. In addition to her recruiting responsibilities, Mitchell also oversaw summer camps, the Yellow Jackets’ community relation and outreach program. She will be taking over the assistant coach position of Jim Lewis.
“I am extremely honored that Coach Joseph believes in my work ethic and character enough to have me as an assistant coach,” Mitchell said. “I am ecstatic about continuing my coaching career at my alma mater. I believe Georgia Tech is one of the premier institutes in the U.S., and that is how I plan to represent this program. I’m hopeful the pride I have as a fellow Yellow Jacket will inspire the current and future Georgia Tech student-athletes to strive for their best. I am blessed beyond measure and ready to help continue the tradition of excellence that Coach Joseph and her staff have already started.”
Prior to her return to Georgia Tech, Mitchell spent one season with Southern Polytechnic women’s basketball as an assistant coach. She helped guide the Lady Hornets to the best season in program history, finishing the 2009-10 campaign with a 30-5 record, the conference tournament title and their first NAIA National Tournament berth. Mitchell also helped develop All-American post player Marisa Statler.
Mitchell’s responsibilities at SPSU included, but were not limited to, recruiting coordinator, academic coordinator, team travel, video exchange, public relations, and director of camps along with her on the floor coaching. Mitchell came to Southern Poly from Jackson State University where she spent one season as a graduate assistant coach.
Prior to Jackson State, Mitchell played one season professionally in Rousse, Bulgaria, for Dunav Econt. She was the first American female athlete to play basketball in Rousse.
Mitchell was a three-year captain for the Yellow Jackets and still currently ranks seventh in career points (1,422) and ninth in career rebounds (704). She was named All-ACC honorable mention in 2007 and third team All-ACC in 2008. The Atlanta Tip-Off Club named her the Georgia Player of the Year in 2008.
Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Georgia Tech in 2008.
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