Mitchell named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Manhattan

Head Coach Heather Vulin is thrilled to welcome Sara Mitchell as the newest addition to the Manhattan College women’s basketball coaching staff for the 2023-2024 season. 
“We are excited to have Sara join our staff. Her talent, experience, NYC ties and commitment to the development of the whole student-athlete makes her a great addition to our staff,” said Coach Vulin.
With an extensive coaching background and a passion for the game, Mitchell is set to hit the ground running and make a direct impact with the Jaspers. Mitchell arrives in Riverdale after one year at Yale University as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Last season with the Bulldogs, Mitchell helped coach the Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a top 10 finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award as the best point guard in the country. 
“I am so excited and grateful to join Coach Vulin and the entire Jasper family.  The culture here is unmatched; and I am excited to work endlessly alongside amazing people to bring home a MAAC Championship.  I am extremely grateful for Coach Vulin and this opportunity and can’t wait to get to work.”
Mitchell’s coaching career started at NYU where she served as an assistant coach from 2014 to 2016. In 2014-2015, Mitchell helped NYU to a 22-5 record and their first win in the NCAA Tournament since 2009. In 2015-2016, NYU made its third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament (second straight with Mitchell on staff) and recorded another first-round win.
In 2016, Mitchell moved on to St. Thomas Aquinas College for two seasons as an assistant coach. In 2017-2018, Mitchell helped St. Thomas Aquinas to a 27-5 record, their first East Coast Conference Tournament title and an NCAA Division II East Region Tournament appearance. In her two seasons as St. Thomas Aquinas, their defense ranked No. 2 and No. 4 in Division II. 
In June 2018, Mitchell joined the NJIT women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach for four seasons. Her impact was felt throughout the program and she played a pivotal role in helping the team to one of its most successful seasons in school history during the 2021-2022 campaign. Their 15 wins were the team’s most since moving to Division I in 2006-2007, and they advanced to the America East Tournament semi-finals in just their second season in the conference. 
Born in Germany and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Mitchell received her master of science in sports business from NYU in May 2016. Prior to starting her coaching career, Mitchell attended George Westinghouse High School in NY, where she was valedictorian and led the PSAL in scoring. Mitchell went on to play collegiately at King University, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in sports management with a minor in coaching in 2014. Prior to her career at King University, Mitchell played one season at Globe Institute of Technology in NY where she led the NJCAA in scoring (26.5 points per game) and was an Academic All-America nominee.

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