Original article (National Championship-Winning Coach Marc Mitchell Tabbed to Lead UIndy Women’s Basketball) on the University of Indianapolis’ athletic website athletics.uindy.edu.
University of Indianapolis Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Young is pleased to announce Marc Mitchell as the school’s next women’s basketball head coach. Mitchell comes to the Circle City after a successful stint at Division I Saint Peter’s and a national-championship run at DIII Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham.
“I am very excited to welcome Marc as our next women’s basketball coach at UIndy,” said Young. “Anytime you can hire a tenured head coach that has won a national championship, it is a very exciting time for the program.
“Marc will be a tremendous mentor for our student-athletes, and his proven success will continue to grow our department.”
Mitchell becomes the 10th head coach in UIndy women’s basketball history, replacing Kristin Wodrich as the leader of the program. Wodrich spent six seasons at the helm for the Greyhounds, compiling a 76-89 overall record and a 10-17 mark last year.
“I’d like to thank Scott Young for the opportunity to lead the women’s basketball program at UIndy,” said Mitchell. “I’d also like to thank all of my former players and assistant coaches at both St. Peter’s and FDU-Florham. Without them, I would not be where I am today, and I will always cherish the success we shared.
“I am thrilled to start this next chapter of my life, and I’m ready to get to work at UIndy.”
A native of Elizabeth, N.J., Mitchell spent the last four seasons at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. He took over a program that averaged more than 26 losses over the previous eight seasons and turned it into a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contender. The culmination came in 2020-21 when he led the Peacocks to their first winning conference record since 2008-09 and first MAAC Championship Game appearance in nearly two decades. Mitchell was named MAAC Coach of Year that season, the program’s first such award since 1999.
Mitchell earned his first NCAA head coaching job at Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham in 2009-10, and over the next nine seasons, he shaped the program into a national powerhouse. In 2013, he led the Devils to the first of six consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom titles and their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, picking up MAC Freedom Coach of the Year accolades along the way.
The dream season came in 2013-14, however, when Mitchell was voted the Division III Coach of the Year after guiding the Devils to a perfect 33-0 record and a national championship. He tacked on a 29-win season and an Elite Eight appearance the next season and ultimately finished his tenure at FDU-Florham with six NCAA appearances and an 187-67 (.736) record as the program’s all-time winningest coach.
Mitchell also spent time as an assistant coach at Caldwell College (2008-09) and New Jersey City University (2007-08) after three years as a teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Elizabeth High School in his hometown.
Mitchell graduated from Kean University in 2000 with a History degree and later earned a master’s in Education from American Intercontinental in 2008. He and his wife Winsome have two daughters, Amira and Jade, and twin sons, Jemal and Jalen.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Anthony Bozzella, Seton Hall Women’s Basketball Head Coach…
“The University of Indianapolis hit a home run with this hire. I’ve known Marc for many years and not only is he an extremely intelligent, well-prepared and very successful head coach, but he’s a tremendous husband and father who will be a great role model for his student-athletes.”
Terrell Coburn, Wagner College Women’s Basketball Head Coach…
“Marc is a tremendous coach and has accomplished a lot in his career. There is no doubt he can lead a program and have a positive impact on the development of student-athletes. I wish him much success.”
Brian Giorgis, Marist College Women’s Basketball Head Coach…
“The loss of Marc from the MAAC is truly a gain for the University of Indianapolis. In a short period of time, Marc brought St. Peter’s back to prominence and made them a strong force in our conference. UIndy fans will be excited with his tenacity and style of play. I will miss his energy on the sidelines.”