Davidson Day has named former Davidson Wildcats guard Jessica Mitchell as the head girls basketball coach. The former Davidson basketball standout comes to Davidson Day following a stint as an assistant coach for the Wingate University women’s basketball program (2009-2010).
“Anyone who watched Davidson athletics in recent history knows what a fierce competitor Jessica Mitchell is and what an exceptional leader she is on and off the basketball court,” said Davidson Day Athletic Director Kevin Buechler. “She learned from some of the best coaches in the area in Wingate coach Barbara Nelson and Davidson College coach Annette Watts. We are thrilled to add such a talented young coach and exceptional role model to our Patriot coaching family.”
A native of Wilkesboro, Ms. Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Davidson College in 2007. While at Davidson, she was a three-year starter for the women’s basketball team. During her senior year, she was elected team captain and led the team to a 23-9 record; the best in school history. Ms. Mitchell called her new role at Davidson Day “a tremendous opportunity” and said she is excited to be moving back to Davidson.
“The relationships that I established here have continued to be staples in my life, even after my college career was over,” she said. “I feel blessed to be back to the place that I still identify as ‘home.’ There really is no other place like it.”
Davidson College Women’s Basketball Coach Annette Watts had this to say on the hiring of Jessica Mitchell: “I think the young women of Davidson Day are in for a learning curve, great time and exciting basketball. Jessica was a fundamental player and I know she will be a fundamental coach. I cannot wait to watch the girls’ basketball program grow.”