Charinee Mitchell enters her second season as the Head Coach at Garden City Community College. During her inaugural campaign, her team’s performance was led by three outstanding young ladies who were selected to the All- Jayhawk team, with one of them also earning a spot on the All-Region team. Not only did her athletes excel on the floor, she had six sophomores (2 returners), who all graduated; pushing her current graduation rate to 89% (24/27). Five of the six young ladies earned basketball scholarships; four athletes were offered Division-I scholarships. In her five years as head coach; Coach Mitchell has helped 16 athletes receive scholarships to play basketball at Division-I, Division-II, NAIA and Division-III programs.
Coach Mitchell came to Garden City after spending four years at Cisco College in Texas. In four years there, she was able to consistently accomplish doubling the record of wins from the previous hires. She guided the Wranglers to four straight double-digit win seasons including a 15-victory campaign her second year on the job. Academically, she prides herself on leading a successful graduating program of sophomores every single year. Over the four years as head coach at Cisco College she’s obtained a current graduation rate of 18/21sustaining at 86%. All 18 of those student athletes continued on to attend four-year universities. 14 of 21 of her student athletes received scholarships of some sort to continue their collegiate athletic careers at four-year institutions. Some earned opportunities at Division I programs while most succeeded to Division II programs and a handful succeeded to Division III programs.
During her season in Mississippi; Mitchell helped head coach Brent Harris (former assistant coach of her Southeastern La. playing days) guide the Lady Bears to a third-place finish in conference and a state tournament berth.
In Odessa, Mitchell helped the Lady Wranglers to a 22-9 record as they finished 2nd in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and made an appearance in the Region 5 finals. She also helped coach four All-Conference players, one All-Region selection and four players who signed with a four-year institution.
A 2007 graduate of Paris Junior College (Paris, TX), Mitchell was an All-Region XIV player for the Lady Dragons as well as an All-Academic honoree for the region.
Mitchell spent 2007-09 as a member of the Southeastern Louisiana University basketball squad. After a strong junior year at SLU, she started 29 of 30 games she appeared in as a senior and finished the year averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. She hit a team-high 54 three-pointers to help the Lady Lions set a Southland Conference single-season record with 220.
Mitchell was an All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana honoree at the end of the 2008-09 campaign, an All-Conference Honorable Mention for 2007-08 and received Conference All-Academic honors for both years. She is ninth on the SLU list for career three-pointers made and three-point percentage. She graduated in 2009 with a B. S. degree in General Studies with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Sciences.
Mitchell remained at SLU for the next two years, serving as a graduate assistant coach and director of basketball operations. In 2011, she was awarded a Master’s of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies with a concentration in Sports Management.
A native of Tyler, TX, was a two-time All-District 12-5A player and three time Academic All-District selection at Robert E. Lee High School. Proud daughter of Gregory and Deirdre Mitchell; 1 sibling Jamal Mitchell.