Second NJCAA All-American To Sign This Offseason
Women Set Attendance Records, Men See Significant Increase
Texas Junior College Player Of The Year Velma Mitchell Signs With UNT
Day Camp And Advanced Camp Registration Open
Most Wins In 12 Years
Jalie Mitchell concluded her third season as the head coach of her alma mater by leading North Texas to its most wins in 12 years and its best finish in a conference tournament in 16 years.
In 2017-18, the Mean Green owned one of the nation's top defenses, holding opponents to an average of just 56.2 points per game, the 15-best in the country and the best in program-history. They finished with a 17-14 record, their first winning season in 12 years. In the Conference USA Tournament, UNT reached the semifinals for the first time since Mitchell's senior season in Denton in 2001-02.
They defeated Charlotte twice, a program they'd never beaten until 2018, and in the C-USA quarterfinals they beat Louisiana Tech for the first time in school history.
Also in her third season, Mitchell guided junior guard Terriell Bradley to an all-conference first-team honor, the program's first in nine years and just its third in 15 years. In addition, freshman Lauren Holmes was named to the conference's all-freshman team.
Furthermore, North Texas posted a program-best 3.33 grade point average and in the 2018 offseason recruited two NJCAA All-Americans, one more than it had recruited in its 41-year history.
In each of her three seasons at North Texas, Mitchell has improved on the program's previous record, more than doubling the win total in her first season in 2015-16.
Mitchell played at North Texas from 1998-2002 and was a four-time all-conference selection and the 2002 Sun Belt Player of the Year after averaging 19.4 point per game. She's the all-time leaading scorer at UNT with 1,764 points and her number 44 jersey was retired on her senior night.
She's part of the winningest senior class in North Texas history, putting toghether a combined 77-39 record, including a 42-4 all-time mark at home. The Mean Green made back-to-back appearances to the WNIT in 2001 and 2002.
In 2007, Mitchell was inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame along with college teammate Rosalyn Reades.
After that, Mitchell had two stints as an assistant coach at UNT including one-year under now current Texas head coach Karen Aston. After that one season, Mitchell followed Aston to UT where she served as an assistant for three years. At Texas, Mitchell was instrumental in the recruiting of eventual top 10 WNBA Draft pick Ariel Atkins and 2017 Big 12 Player of the Year and All-American Brooke McCarty.
In her three seasons at Texas, the team combined for a 60-41 overall record. The Longhorns made the NCAA Tournament field the last two seasons, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2015 -- their first since 2008.
In May of 2015, Mitchell became the Mean Green's eighth head coach and took what she described as her "dream job."
In her first season, Mitchell took over a program that had won five games the previous season. For her first career win as a head coach, the Mean Green beat the No. 17 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in Oklahoma. It was the first time a Mean Green team had beaten a ranked opponent in program history.
UNT posted an 11-19 record and won its first C-USA Tournament game with a 79-74 win over Florida Atlantic.
North Texas had a noticeable increase in offense in her first season, the Mean Green improved their field goal percentage by 7.23 percent — the largest improvement in the country. It was also the sixth-highest shooting percentage in North Texas history.
In 2016-17, the Mean Green improved on their overall record by a game and set program records and firsts. They won eight Conference USA games, the most since they joined the conference in 2013-14. They defeated UTEP in El Paso for the first time in program history and they reached the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament for the first time as well.
Mitchell began her collegiate coaching career in 2008 as an assistant coach with the Mean Green under Shanice Stephens. She spent two seasons at North Texas under Stephens before taking on the same position at UNC-Wilmington for the 2010-11 season. Mitchell helped the Seahawks finish with a 24-9 record and reach the second round of the WNIT, both program bests.
In addition to the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame, Mitchell was inducted into the Duncanville ISD Athletic Hall of Honor in October of 2015.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING...
"This is a terrific hire for North Texas, and I am so thrilled for Jalie. She is a rising star in our profession and truly cares not only about winning, but also developing young women. During my time with her over the past four seasons, her commitment was always to the student-athlete first. Jalie is a tremendous recruiter and someone who will embrace helping players achieve their goals, may it be academically or athletically. I am so appreciative of her commitment to helping Texas become successful, and more importantly, I am so proud of her, personally and professionally." -- Karen Aston, Head Coach, University of Texas
"Jalie Mitchell is going to make a fantastic head coach at this level. She is an incredible recruiter and she can connect with student-athletes on a level that not many coaches can get to. I think this is a great opportunity and I'm extremely proud of her going to North Texas, a place where she has so much passion for that program. The president and athletic director showed great foresight and commitment by bringing in a young, passionate individual like Jalie. I'm looking forward to what she will bring to North Texas women's basketball." -- Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, WNBA Hall of Famer, Former Head Coach, USC and UNC-Willimington
"Jalie is not only one of the greatest players to ever play at North Texas, but one of the greatest people I have coached throughout the years. Her leadership, vision and loyalty to North Texas women's basketball will be demonstrated in her everyday process. Jalie is a class act and I am proud of her and excited for the future of the program." -- Tina Slinker, former Head Coach, University of North Texas, 1989-2008