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Mitchell Added to Football Staff

Byron Mitchell '14 rounds out the full-time football staff as the defensive backs coach.
Byron Mitchell '14 rounds out the full-time football staff as the defensive backs coach.

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University Head Football Coach Scott Yoder announced Monday that he has added former Hornets standout Byron Mitchell '14 to his full-time staff.

Mitchell, a four-year starter for the Hornets that earned All-league honors three times in his career, joins Yoder's staff as the defensive backs coach. He replaces Drake Woodard, '17 M.S., who departed in June to take a high school teaching and coaching position. 

The Virginia Beach, Virginia returns to Shenandoah after spending the past two years as an assistant football coach at Tallwood (Virginia) High School. During this time at the 6A school, Mitchell helped the Lions to a 13-9 record with the 2016 squad posting an 8-3 mark and appearing in the VHSL 6A playoffs.

Prior to his two seasons at Tallwood, during which he also served as a special education teacher, Mitchell was an assistant football coach at Albright (Pa.) College. He coached the defensive backs at the DIII school while recruiting in Maryland and Virginia.

A team captain in his senior year, Mitchell graduated as the program's all-time leader in tackles with 276. He is now third all-time and his 94 stops in 2013 is the sixth best season performance all-time.

"We brought in a number of excellent young coaches to talk to about this position and Byron stood out among this group," Yoder said. "He was an outstanding player and leader for us during his time as an undergrad, and he has a passion for coaching football. He is going to be a great addition to our staff."

Mitchell grabbed first team accolades from the ODAC in 2013 and the USA South in 2011 (the program's final year in that league) as well as earning a second team All-ODAC selection in 2012. Additionally, he was named All-Region in 2013 and All-State in both 2011 and 2013.

Following a senior season that saw him named to a pair of all-state teams and third team All-South Region by, Mitchell played in the D3Senior Classic All-Star game.

"I am truly blessed to return to my alma mater and coach with Brock (Brock McCullough) and Kalvin (Kalvin Oliver '04). Those two, along with Coach Yoder, were so important to me during my time here and it is great to be back and coaching with them.

"This is a dream come true and I can't wait to get started."

With the Hornets, he will be involved in all aspects of the program including practice and game management, player development and academic monitoring. His recruiting territories include Hampton Roads in Virginia as well as Baltimore, Cecil, Harford and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland. He begins his full-time duties on August 1.