Head Coach, Men's Lacrosse
Jim Mitchell, formerly an accomplished assistant coach at Bellarmine University, Rutgers University and Duke University, returned to the Knights as head coach after being hired in June of 2018.
The 2019 campaign will be Mitchell’s first commanding the Bellarmine program.
“Jim’s incredible passion, energy and enthusiasm for Bellarmine are clearly evident and make him an outstanding choice as the next Knights head coach,” Bellarmine Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt said. “He is knowledgeable about the Bellarmine program and respectful of the program’s history and is confident he can take it to the next level.”
Mitchell was no stranger to the Bellarmine lacrosse program upon arrival, having served on the Knights’ coaching staff during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Before his return to Bellarmine, Mitchell served on the staff at Rutgers, coordinating the offense for three years. During that span, Mitchell led the Scarlet Knights to a national top 25 ranking in scoring offense each year and mentored seven Big 10 performers.
While Mitchell was at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights achieved a No. 1 national ranking for the first time in school history and finished the 2017 and 2018 seasons ranked 11th in the final USILA coaches poll.
Just prior to serving at Rutgers, Mitchell spent two years as Bellarmine’s defensive coordinator, and the Knights ranked in the top 15 in the nation in goals-against average. At Bellarmine, Mitchell coached both Dillon Ward and Bobby Schmitt, the Knights’ only two All-Americans in program history. Bellarmine also earned a USILA top 20 ranking in 2013.
Mitchell is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he was a midfielder and captain of the lacrosse team. He began his coaching career in the 2006-07 academic year as an assistant at Goucher College, serving for two years as defensive coordinator before earning his master’s degree from the Baltimore school.
Mitchell then moved on to Roanoke College for two seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator. While Mitchell was at Roanoke, the Maroons compiled a two-year record of 35-5, won a regular-season conference title, spent several weeks as the No. 1 team in the nation in the USILA Div. III poll, and made two NCAA tournament appearances.
In 2011, Mitchell joined Duke as an assistant coach with an emphasis on goalies and defense. In his one season at Duke, the Blue Devils reached the NCAA semifinals and produced six All-Americans.