SU welcomes 17th head football coach - Thursday, January 14, 2010
Southern University and A&M College introduced Lyvonia "Stump" Mitchell, former assistant head coach/running backs coach for the National Football League's (NFL) Washington Redskins, as the 17th head football coach for the Jaguars during a press conference, Wednesday, January 13.
"Stump Mitchell's 21 years in the NFL, 10 as a player and 11 years as a assistant coach, combined with his head coaching experience, will bring a wealth of diverse knowledge to our football program," says Greg LaFleur, Southern's director of athletics.
Mitchell joined the Redskins' coaching staff in 2008 after leaving the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent the previous nine seasons coaching the running backs.
"I am very excited to have Lyvonia "Stump" Mitchell joining the Jaguar Nation as our 17th head football coach. I am confident that he will help us bring the fans back to A.W. Mumford Stadium and that he will help us achieve our goal of strengthening the relationship between SUBR and the community surrounding the campus," says Kofi Lomotey, chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus.
"We are happy to have Coach Mitchell join the Jaguar Nation and we have great expectations of him. However, we have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our football program. Being a former student athlete, Coach Mitchell understands that our primary goal must be the development of our students to their greatest potential on and off the field," said Southern University System Interim President Kassie Freeman.
Mitchell joined the Seahawks following three years as head coach at Morgan State University (MSU). Mitchell's coaching career began in 1991 when he served as an assistant coach on the World League of American Football's San Antonio Riders' staff. He played nine years in the NFL as a standout running back with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals.