Saint Peter’s University Director of Athletics, Bryan Felt announced the appointment of Marc Mitchell as the eighth head coach of the women’s basketball program on Monday. Mitchell comes to Jersey City with an impressive coaching resume including the last nine seasons as head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University, College at Florham in Madison, NJ where he won six straight conference titles and claimed a Division III undefeated national championship.
Mitchell will be formally introduced to the Saint Peter’s University community and media at a press conference on Wednesday, March 28 at 12 p.m. in the Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center gym. Mitchell will be available for the media immediately following the press conference. The press conference will also be streamed live on the Saint Peter’s Athletics YouTube channel.
“Marc has been tremendously successful at every level he has coached,” said Felt. “He possesses many of the qualities we are looking for in our next head coach and brings a passionate and dedicated work ethic that will translate to our team. I am extremely excited to have him leading the Saint Peter’s Women’s Basketball program into the future and to welcome his family into Peacock Nation.”
“I am humbled and honored to be the next Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Saint Peter’s University,” said Mitchell. “I have worked diligently over my career, chasing my dream of becoming a Division I head coach and today my dream has come true. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity and I look forward to joining the Peacock family.”
Mitchell comes to Jersey City after spending the last nine years at the helm of the Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham women’s basketball team. While there, he became the Division III program’s all-time winningest coach, compiling a career record of 187-67 (.736). Under his guidance, the Devils claimed an unprecedented six straight Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Championships, making six straight NCAA Division III tournament appearances. During the six-year run, Mitchell’s teams won 20 or more games in every season and he won 86.5 percent of his contests posting a 154-24 overall record over the half dozen year span.
Mitchell’s best campaign came during the 2013-14 season, when the Devils posted a perfect 33-0 record and capped off the season as the NCAA Division III national champions. The national title was the first in FDU-Florham history and the Devils became the first NCAA Division III women’s basketball champions from the state of New Jersey.
In addition to the national title run, Mitchell’s squads have made trips to the Elite Eight twice and won at least one NCAA tournament game in five out of the six appearances.
Mitchell has garnered coaching honors for Freedom Conference Coach of the Year four times, D3 News Coach of the Year, WBCA Coach of the Year, and All-MET Coach of the Year.
Prior to joining FDU-Florham, Mitchell was the top assistant at Caldwell College in 2008-09. He spent 2007-08 as an assistant coach at New Jersey City University and the three previous seasons as the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Elizabeth High School. While at Elizabeth, he led the squad to the County Semifinals in 2005 and to the State Tournament all three years.
He graduated from Kean University in 2000 with a degree in History and he earned his Master’s Degree in Education from American Intercontinental in 2008.
Mitchell currently resides in Elizabeth with his wife, Winsome, his two daughters, Amira and Jade, and his twin sons, Jemal and Jalen.