Jeff Mitchell spent seven years as the head women's golf coach at North Texas from 2008-15. In his time with North Texas, he reshaped the program and served as the longest-tenured head coach of the program since the modern era.
Mitchell became the first coach in women’s golf history at North Texas to win Coach of the Year honors. He also led North Texas as a team to its first national ranking.
Mitchell had the Mean Green ranked as a top-75 program for two straight years from 2010-2012, which is the first time in school history that has happened.
He molded Eji Kwon into the first Conference USA All-conference player in school history in 2014-15. She was a second-team all-conference pick, becoming the first sophomore to earn an all-conference honor since 2004.
During the 2012-13 season, he molded true freshman Georgina Mundy and saw her capture the UALR Women’s Golf Classic title. She was the first freshman to capture an individual title since 2001 and only the third overall in school history.
Jacey Chun, found by Mitchell late in the recruiting process, turned into a two-time all-conference player and at one point early in the season was ranked as a top-five golfer in the nation. Chun was named to the All-Sun Belt team in consecutive years, which is the first time that has happened in nearly a decade at North Texas.
Mitchell coached six all-conference selections in his eight years. He also led North Texas to its highest ranking in school history. North Texas was ranked No. 41 in the nation during the 2011-12 season.
The 2010-11 season will go down as the most memorable and successful season in women’s golf history at North Texas thanks to Mitchell’s leadership.The Mean Green advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, won a school record four tournaments during the year, had a school-record four players named to the all-conference team, and Mitchell was named the 2010-11 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
Mitchell is the first coach in women’s golf history at North Texas to win Coach of the Year honors. He also led North Texas as a team to another first in school history, a national ranking. The Mean Green for the first time was ranked in the top-50 nationally in 2010-11.
It didn’t end there either. The Mean Green set a school record in 2010-11 for the lowest team score at 872 in as they won the Worldlink North Texas Fall Classic. Individually Kelsey Kipp shot the lowest 54-hole score at 211 in school history while Chaslyn Chrismer had the lowest freshman stroke average in over 15 years at North Texas. Chrismer also recorded the second lowest round of golf in school history in 2010-11.
As a team, the Mean Green had the lowest stroke average in school history, rewriting the old record that stood for only one season. In 2009 Mitchell, a former PGA star, guided North Texas to its first tournament team championship since 2006.
Along the way, Jordan Rose captured the individual title of the Shocker Invitational. The Mean Green recorded four top five finishes and shot a 293 twice, which is just one shot off the school record for lowest round.
In his first season at North Texas, Mitchell’s experience paid dividends for the North Texas golf program. He guided true freshman Addison Long to three top 25 finishes in the fall of 2008. She was the first Mean Green freshman player to record such a start to a career in four seasons.
Mitchell was the head coach of the men’s golf team at Stanford from 2000-2004 and the director of golf at Texas Tech from 1998-2000 and the head women’s coach from 1990-2000. Most recently he was a teaching professional at the TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney.
At Stanford Mitchell coached three all-conference players, one All-American, and nine scholar athletes. In 2002, he coached Jim Seki to the Pac-10 conference title, the first individual at Stanford to win a conference title since Tiger Woods.
Mitchell spent 10 years as the head women’s golf coach at Texas Tech, and in 1998, he became the director of golf for both the men’s and women’s programs. He was named District Coach of the Year in 1993 and ‘96 and the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 and ‘96. In 2000 he was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame.
As a player Mitchell had a wildly successful career on the PGA Tour starting in 1976. He competed from 1976-84, playing in an average of 30 tournaments a year. He won the Phoenix Open in 1980 and had 13 top-10 finishes and made 111 career cuts on the PGA Tour. He competed in over 200 pro-amateur events and participated in over 100 clinics.
Along with his win at the Phoenix Open, Mitchell won the 1978 Texas State Open at Horseshoe Bay. He was named to the All-Southwest Conference team in 1976 and an honorable mention All-American as he was a three-year letterman from 1974-76. He graduated from Texas Tech in 1989 with a degree in physical education.
Prior to his coaching career, Mitchell was a member of the graduate faculty at Texas Tech and a teaching assistant, working as an instructor and camp director as well as teaching activity classes in golf, tennis and volleyball.
From 1986-87, Mitchell was the head golf professional at Golden Eagle Golf Course in Tallahassee, FL where he was responsible for arranging tee times, tournaments, all shop purchases, teaching, assistant professional training and golf course set-up.
Prior to Golden Eagle, he spent a year as the Assistant Professional at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, TX. Mitchell has been a member of the National Golf Coaches Association, and he’s been involved with the Golf Coaches Association of America since 1998. He served as the first vice president for the NGCA from 1997-99, and was the legislative chairman from 1992-2000.
A life member of the PGA Tour since 1976, Mitchell is also a member of the PGA of America.
In 1986, Mitchell conducted a marathon of golf, playing with one other professional for a continuous 24-hour period of time. They played 224 holes and received pledges, which they donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Lubbock.
He also gave free junior golf clinics during the summers of 1988-89 in numerous places in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. He was a Life Skills committee member at Texas Tech for two years, and he was part of the NCAA Sub-committee on Academic Integrity in 1998.
Mitchell and his wife, Christy, have two children, Jeffrey (33) and Lesley (31).