One of the most accomplished names in NCAA women’s basketball, Terri Mitchell was named associate head coach at Pitt, as announced Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
Mitchell, a 1989 graduate of Duquesne University, returned to the city of Pittsburgh with more than 20 years of coaching experience in tow.
“I pulled Terri back into the game and I can’t believe she had the faith in my message to do it,” Pitt head coach Lance White said. “She brings 18 years of head coaching experience from Marquette. She understands how to win and loves teaching the game. She might just be the best person I have ever met.”
The all-time winningest women’s basketball coach at Marquette, Mitchell spent 18 years at the helm of the Golden Eagles’ program (1996-2014) and acquired 348 wins while leading the team to the postseason 15 times. Mitchell earned conference coach of the year honors three times – Conference USA (1998, 2000) and Big East (2007). She led the Golden Eagles to 20 or more wins 10 times to go with seven NCAA Tournament appearances and eight trips to the WNIT, including the 2008 WNIT title.
Mitchell's 2002-03 squad started a stretch that saw Marquette qualify for postseason play 11 times in 12 seasons. The Golden Eagles posted several signature program accomplishments in that period including a trip to the WNIT Final in 2006, a school-record 26 wins in 2007 and the school's only WNIT championship in 2008. Marquette also tied its best NCAA Tournament finish twice during that period.
Following her five seasons as assistant coach at Marquette (1991-96), Mitchell was elevated to the helm in 1996. The impact of Mitchell's outstanding leadership was immediate as the Golden Eagles, who won eight games the season prior to Mitchell's promotion, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won 21 or more games in each of her first four seasons leading the program. Included in that run were a pair of Conference USA regular season championships (1999, 2000).
During her time as an assistant coach, Mitchell was instrumental in recruiting Marquette's 1996-97 class, which was ranked 12th in the nation by the Blue Star Index. Marquette posted an 87-61 record and made three postseason appearances during Mitchell's stint as an assistant.
In addition to her time at Marquette, Mitchell’s extensive experience includes serving as an assistant coach for USA Basketball's U18 Team that won the gold medal while going unbeaten at the 2008 FIBA Americas Championship.
Most recently, Mitchell served as special assistant to Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne during the 2017-18 campaign. With Mitchell on the sidelines, the Sun Devils earned 22 wins and reached the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Mitchell was a four-year letterwinner and team co-captain at Duquesne. Following an outstanding career with the Dukes, Mitchell graduated cum laude with a psychology degree in 1989. Mitchell began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arizona State (1989-91).