DENTON, Texas (7/28/08) North Texas Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal has named Jeff Mitchell, a former PGA Tour star and coach at Stanford, as the new women’s golf head coach. Mitchell arrives at North Texas with an extensive background as a former head coach at Stanford and Texas Tech along with a very successful career on the PGA Tour.
"Jeff Mitchell is just the latest example of our intention to elevate our programs by hiring coaches who have demonstrated success in coaching at the highest levels of collegiate athletics" Villarreal said. "We couldn’t be more excited about the prospects of this program under the leadership of a coach with his credentials."
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.
"I am really excited about coaching the women’s golf program at the University of North Texas. There is a tremendous amount of support for the Mean Green," said Mitchell. "Rick Villarreal, Cinnamon Sheffield, the athletic staff and the entire community are devoted to the success of the program. North Texas is a well-recognized academic institution, and the North Texas athletic program is solid from top to bottom".
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 12 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, 28 and Lesley 26).
Mitchell’s Professional & Amateur Finishes and Awards
Wins- 1980- PGA Tour Phoenix Open
1978- Texas State Open
1976- Men’s West Texas Championship
1975- Lubbock Men’s City Championship
1975- Galveston Island Intercollegiate
1975- Men’s West Texas Championship
1996- Southwest Conference Coach of the Year
1996- NGCA West District Coach of the Year
1994- Southwest Conference Coach of the Year
1993- NGCA West District Coach of the Year