Mitchell in 2019
|Position:||Running backs coach|
|Born:||March 15, 1959|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||188 lb (85 kg)|
|High school:||Camden County High School|
|NFL Draft:||1981 / Round: 9 / Pick: 226|
|Head coaching record|
Lyvonia Albert "Stump" Mitchell (born March 15, 1959) is an American football coach and former player who is the running backs coach of the Cleveland Browns. He served as head football coach at Morgan State University from 1996 to 1998 and Southern University from 2010 to 2012, compiling an overall college football record of 14–42. Mitchell played collegiately at The Citadel and thereafter was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a running back and return specialist for the Cardinals from 1981 to 1989.
Mitchell's football career began at Camden County High School, Camden County, Georgia. He played college football for The Citadel and holds school records for rushing yards in a season (1,647) and career (4,062). A three-year starter at tailback, he was a two-time all Southern Conference selection. As a senior in 1980 he was the second leading rusher in NCAA Division I-A behind Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and was named a third-team All-American. He was also honored as the Southern Conference Player of the Year and the South Carolina Amateur Athlete of the Year.
Mitchell also participated in track and field competition at The Citadel, recording a 23-foot 3 inch jump in 1981.
Mitchell was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth round (226th pick overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. A 5'9", 188 lbs. running back from The Citadel, Mitchell played for the Cardinals from 1981 to 1989 and ended his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1990; he made a brief comeback with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in 1993. His best year as a pro was during the 1985 season when he rushed for 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns, while also contributing 502 yards and 3 touchdowns as a receiver. In 10 NFL seasons he rushed 986 times for 4,647 yards and scored 32 touchdowns, he has the second most all purpose yards in Cardinals franchise history with 11,985 behind only Larry Fitzgerald.
Mitchell served as head coach at Casa Grande Union High School in Casa Grande, Arizona from 1993 to 1994. He was the head coach at Morgan State University from 1996 to 1998, compiling a record of 8–24. He served as the running backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1999 to 2007 then was brought by new Head Coach Jim Zorn to the Washington Redskins staff in 2008 serving as Running Backs Coach and Assistant Head Coach. Mitchell accepted the head coaching position at Southern University on January 11, 2010. During his first season, Mitchell led Southern to a 2–9 record. In 2011, the Jaguars finished with a 4–7 record.
To start off the 2012 season, Southern suffered a 66–21 loss to the New Mexico Lobos. After that defeat, the Jaguars returned home for a Thursday home game against Mississippi Valley State which aired nationally on ESPNU. Southern was upset 6–0 by Valley in that contest. The next day Mitchell was reassigned to another position within the University, ending his tenure as Southern's head coach after only 24 games. He finished with a 6–18 overall record. Defensive coordinator Dawson Odums was named as the interim coach of the Jaguars.
Mitchell joined the Arizona Cardinals as the running backs coach in 2013, and was with the team for four seasons before leaving the team in January 2017. He was signed to be the New York Jets' running backs coach in February 2017. In 2019, Mitchell joined the Cleveland Browns as the running backs coach.
NFL head coaches under whom Mitchell has served:
- Mike Holmgren, Seattle Seahawks (1999–2007)
- Jim Zorn, Washington Redskins (2008–2009)
- Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals (2013–2016)
- Todd Bowles, New York Jets (2017–2018)
- Freddie Kitchens, Cleveland Browns (2019–present)
Mitchell is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. His nickname came from the fact that he played football with guys two to four years older than he was when he was a kid.
- 2015 The Citadel Track and Field Record Book (PDF). The Citadel Bulldogs. p. 8. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- "Stump Mitchell Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- "NFL All-Purpose Yards Career Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- "Stump Mitchell out as Southern football coach". The Advocate. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. September 14, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012.