Matthew Mitchell

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Matthew Mitchell
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Sport(s) Women's basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Kentucky
Record 170-71 (.705)
Biographical details
Born (1970-12-16) December 16, 1970 (age 43)
Louisville, Mississippi
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1996
1996–1998
1998–1999
1999–2000
2000–2003
2003–2005
2005–2007
2007-present
Winston Acad. (MS) (asst.)
Central Holmes Acad. (MS)
Manchester Acad. (MS)
Tennessee (grad. asst.)
Florida (asst.)
Kentucky (asst.)
Morehead State
Kentucky
Head coaching record
Overall 200-100 (.667)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
2009-2010 SEC Coach of the Year
2011-2012 SEC Coach of the Year

Matthew LaMont Mitchell (born December 16, 1970 in Louisville, Mississippi) is the current head coach for the University of Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team, also known as "UK Hoops".[1]

Coaching[edit]

Mitchell became the head coach of UK on April 23, 2007, succeeding former UK coach Mickie DeMoss.[1] Prior to becoming the coach at Kentucky, Mitchell spent two years as the head coach at Morehead State.[1] Mitchell started his coaching career as graduate assistant under Pat Summitt at Tennessee, and he also spent time as an assistant coach at Florida and Kentucky before becoming a head coach.[1]

Following the 2009-10 season, Mitchell was named the SEC Coach of the Year.[2] In addition to Mitchell's recognition, Victoria Dunlap was named the SEC Player of the Year and A'dia Mathies was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. The Wildcats joined the unbeaten national champion 1998 Tennessee squad as the only teams in SEC women's basketball history to sweep the major post-season awards.[2]

Mitchell's success on the court has already moved him up to No. 4 in all-time wins at Kentucky with 86. His winning percentage of 63.7 percent (86-49) ranks third.

Year Three proved to be the best year yet as Mitchell was named SEC Coach of the Year for his remarkable job in turning around a team that went 16-16 overall, 5-9 in conference play the year prior to a 28-8 overall record in 2009-10. The Cats' 28 overall wins, including 11 SEC wins were school records and UK finished second in the league despite being picked to finish 11th in the preseason polls.

In his fourth season Mitchell once again led the Wildcats to an outstanding season with a 25-9 overall record and a school-record-tying 11 wins (11-5) in the SEC. UK took a second-place finish in the league standings for the second-consecutive year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed.

Mitchell led Kentucky to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2011-12 with a 28-7 overall record, including an 18-0 mark at home, and an appearance in the Elite Eight for the second time in three years. The Wildcats won their first SEC regular season championship since 1982 with a school-record 13-3 mark in league play. The Cats finished No. 12 in the final AP poll & No. 8 in final USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, marking the highest final AP ranking since finishing 11th in 1983 and the highest final ranking in the coaches' poll in school history. He was named SEC Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons by the AP.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Morehead State (Ohio Valley Conference) (2005–2007)
2005-06 Morehead State 16-13 11-9 4th
2006-07 Morehead State 14-16 13-7 4th
Morehead State: 30-29 24-16
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (2007–present)
2007-08 Kentucky 17-16 8-6 5th WNIT Quarterfinals
2008–09 Kentucky 16-16 5-9 10th WNIT 2nd Round
2009–10 Kentucky 28-8 11-5 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2010-11 Kentucky 25-9 11-5 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2011-12 Kentucky 28-7 13-3 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2012-13 Kentucky 30-6 13-3 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2013-14 Kentucky 26-9 10-6 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Kentucky: 170-71 71-37


Total: 200-100

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal[edit]

Mitchell attended Mississippi State University from 1993–95, where he received a bachelor of science degree in marketing.

He is married to the former Jenna Ramsey, from Amelia Island, and he has three daughters, Lacy,[1] Saylor and Presley Blue.

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