With 17 years of diverse experience in intercollegiate athletics as a student-athlete, graduate assistant, coach, and administrator, Jeff Mitchell is in his ninth year at Santa Clara. Mitchell currently serves as the University’s interim Director of Athletics. He was named Senior Associate Athletic Director in December of 2014. During his time at Santa Clara, Mitchell has served as the sport supervisor for the Broncos’ men’s basketball, baseball, women’s volleyball and men’s tennis programs, and he has overseen both the University’s athletics business and legal affairs offices including NCAA compliance and institutional control matters.
Mitchell has also supervised the athletic department’s academic support and student services staff, and he currently serves as a voting member of the Academics, Legislation, and Compliance Cabinet of the West Coast Conference. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Mitchell helped guide the University through a successful NCAA re-certification process. In his role as a sport supervisor, Mitchell is the primary administrator for the men’s basketball, baseball, and women’s volleyball programs. The Broncos men’s basketball team captured the 2013 College Basketball Invitational postseason title and the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The women’s volleyball team advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 12th time in the last 16 years in 2014, while the Santa Clara baseball program made a post season appearance in 2014 for the first time since 1997. For his efforts within the baseball community, Mitchell was named to the NCAA Division I Baseball Regional Advisory Committee for the West Region and began his three year term in 2015.
In keeping with the educational mission of the University, Mitchell oversees a successful internship program in partnership with the Santa Clara Law School in which University law students earn class credit for working in a legally-related field. In the program’s six year existence, Mitchell has helped seven interns upon graduation earn positions in athletics administration.
A native Mississippian, Mitchell is a 2001 graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was a four-year member of the Millsaps baseball team and a four year member of the athletic department’s sports information staff. After graduation, Mitchell was hired as the College's Director of Sports Information, acting as the primary media contact for fourteen intercollegiate athletic teams. In addition to his duties as SID, Mitchell served as an assistant coach for the 2002-2003 Millsaps baseball team, which advanced to the NCAA Division III South Regional Tournament.
Mitchell also earned an MBA from the Millsaps College Else School of Management in May of 2003. Mitchell's career in athletic administration was nurtured while he was in law school at the University of Mississippi, from which he earned a Juris Doctorate in December of 2005. While at Ole Miss, Mitchell served as a graduate assistant in the external relations unit and primarily worked with the Ole Miss football and men’s basketball programs.
Mitchell is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Mitchell has been a guest lecturer on the NCAA and intercollegiate athletics for the Sports Law class at the Santa Clara School of Law and has been a panelist at multiple Sports Law forums. He has been the guest speaker at the annual Bronco Bench Foundation Endowment dinners, and he frequently speaks on NCAA recruiting at Bay Area high schools. On campus, he is a member of the University Staff Affairs Committee.
As an accomplished public address announcer for 17 years, Mitchell has announced Division I baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and volleyball in the SEC, PAC-12, and/or WCC, Division III football and basketball in the SCAC, and Division III NCAA Tournament basketball. He currently announces Santa Clara's men's basketball games.
Mitchell resides in San Jose, Calif., with his wife, April. They have one daughter, Harper Wynne, age 6, and one son, Carson, age 1.