Arlene Mitchell enters her fifth season as the assistant
coach of the North Carolina A&T volleyball team in 2012. Mitchell has helped serve as a stabilizing
force for the program, which has been led by three different head coaches in
the last five years. She was also a
standout athlete for the Aggies as a volleyball player.
Mitchell began her coaching career in 2008, under Lyndsay
Schmiedel. After only one season as an assistant volleyball coach in 2008,
Mitchell took on the role of interim head volleyball coach. As a result,
Mitchell became a one-woman shop. She took on the responsibilities of
scheduling matches, working on administrative matters and conducting
Mitchell retained her assistant coach position under Toni
Conway for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, before becoming the assistant to Hal
Clifton prior to the 2011 season.
Mitchell has been a valuable part of the program in the last five years,
helping with recruiting and player development.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Mitchell plays a huge role
in scouting opponents, serving as a liaison between the athletic support staff
and the volleyball staff and recruiting talented players to the program.
She also assures players are meeting the academic
requirements necessary to remain eligible to compete. In 2011 alone, the A&T volleyball program
had five student-athletes named to the MEAC All-Academic Team. Mitchell gained experience in conducting and
planning practices when she coached the 16-and-under Lady Ravens, a Junior
Olympic travel volleyball team in Greensboro, N.C. Mitchell organized and executed two practices
per week, scheduled tournaments and taught various skills to the players.
Before entering the coaching profession, Mitchell crafted
one of the best careers in the history of the North Carolina A&T volleyball
program from 2003-06. She was a four-time All-MEAC selection and helped lead
the Aggies to a MEAC Volleyball Championship Tournament final appearance
in 2005. The Aggies posted a 31-9
conference record and won 15 or more matches in three of her four seasons. After
her first year at A&T, she received Freshman Female Athlete of the Year honors
from the athletics department. The booster club for A&T Athletics at the
time honored her with their annual Aggie Club Award, given to the player who
exhibits excellence on and off the playing surface.
During her career, she also received the North Carolina A&T
Sports Hall of Fame and the A&T Senior Female Athlete of the Year awards.
Mitchell ended her career as the Aggies all-time career leader in kills
(1,674), attack attempts (4,487), service aces (277) and games played (430).
She also holds the single-season record for attack attempts (1,275). She is second in the single-season records
for kills (483-2005) and service aces (77-2005). She was fourth in the nation in aces per game
with 0.77 per game in 2005 as a junior. She owns the single-match records for kills
(33) and total attempts (67).
She is the only player in school history to record 1,000 kills
and digs in a career, and she owns the conference record for kills per game. In
each of her four years as a player, she ranked in the top 15 nationally for
service aces. Mitchell did more than just serve Aggie Athletics on the court.
Mitchell served as vice president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee
during the 2005-06 school year. In 2006-07, she became the organization's
Mitchell graduated from A&T in 2007 with a B.S., in
sports science/fitness management.