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Jimmy Mitchell
Hometown: Tupelo, MS
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Deceased, Posthumous Induction—The late Jimmy Mitchell was an outstanding football coach and teacher at Winona, Okeechobee, FL, Kosciusko, Tupelo, Pontotoc, Itawamba AHS, and Corinth. Born in Tupelo, Coach Mitchell was a Delta Valley All-Conference fullback at Winona High who played in the 1968 Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football classic. He played football at Delta State where he earned his college degree in 1972. Coach Mitchell launched a 40-year coaching career in 1972 at Winona Junior High. He was superb at teaching football and science including classes in advanced biology & ecology, life science, and physical science. He served as assistant coach in football and baseball at Winona from 1972 to 1975, He moved to Florida where he was assistant football coach and head wrestling coach with a match record of 26-8 at Okeechobee High from 1975 to 1978. Jimmy returned to Mississippi and was assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Kosciusko High from 1978 to 1981. His Whippets baseball squad claimed a conference title in 1979 and he was a part of two conference championship football teams in 1978 and 1979. Coach Mitchell then coached at Tupelo High for 11 years where he was an assistant football coach who also coached golf, wrestling, and powerlifting. He helped the Golden Wave gridiron program team claim 7 district titles, 2 North half crowns, and 2 state runner-up finishes. Jimmy was head football coach at Pontotoc High from 1992 to 1996 and he led his teams to 1 district title, 1 North half championship, and one state runner-up finish with a record of 36 wins and 13 losses. He worked two seasons as head coach at Itawamba AHS from 1996 to 1998 where his squads went 10-10. Arriving at Corinth High in 1998, he promptly led the football program to 6 district titles, 2 region crowns, 1 North half runner-up finish, 1 North half championship, and a state runner-up finish with a record of 118-54 through 2012. Overall, Coach Mitchell’s football teams had 164 wins and 77 losses in 238 games. Jimmy coached in four state championship games: 2 as an assistant at Tupelo, one at Pontotoc, and one at Corinth. He was named district coach of the year 7 times and the 2001 Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Coach of the Year in 2001. He was also named the Mid Mississippi Conference baseball coach of the year in 1978. Coach Mitchell was an assistant coach in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic in 1994 and served as head coach in the 2002 all-star game. Jimmy was an assistant coach in the 2001 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic. Coach Mitchell retired in 2012 and passed away in 2018.