Ohio native Christy Mitchell, who has 25 years of lacrosse experience, was named the first Zips’ head women’s lacrosse coach on December 13, 2018.
“We are excited to welcome Christy Mitchell to the University of Akron,” Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. “Christy has already proven ability in initiating lacrosse programs at several institutions. Her connections across Ohio and her knowledge of high school lacrosse will help her as she sets up our program, leads the Zips through their inaugural season, and builds a solid foundation for success.”
“I would like to thank the Director of Athletics Larry Williams and the rest of the athletic department for this position that has been presented to me,” Mitchell said. “I am incredibly thrilled about this opportunity that has been given both to me and this wonderful community. I have a deep love for the sport of lacrosse, the city of Akron, and the University as a whole. To be put in a leadership position that allows me to lead and mentor players while combining those two loves is a dream come true. I am forever grateful for all of the paths that got me here. This will be an unbelievable adventure. I’m ready. Go Zips!”
Mitchell joins UA after six seasons at Walsh University. She pioneered the university's program, guiding Walsh to over 35 wins with players from seven different states. Last season (2018) was Walsh's first in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) where the team showed true potential to be league championship contenders by setting a program record for wins with an 11-7 season (8-4 in G-MAC play) and advancing to the conference semifinals, the second postseason appearance in program history.
An unprecedented nine Cavaliers earned All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference honors in 2018. Junior defender Luisa Landaverde earned first-team honors, while senior midfielder Emma Armour and senior midfielder Sarah McCormick were second-team honorees. Six players were named Honorable Mention. Throughout her collegiate coaching career, Mitchell has guided 12 All-Conference selections and 42 Academic All-Conference honorees.
Mitchell started her coaching career beginning the program at Sylvania High School (1998-00) in 2000. While in Toledo, she helped begin the team at Ursuline High School as well. Mitchell was named the first head coach at Kent Roosevelt High School in 2001 and served there until taking the job at Walsh.
Prior to Walsh University, Mitchell was responsible for initiating six Ohio high school teams and took 18 years of head coaching experience to the collegiate level.
Mitchell taught at Walls Elementary School (2002-05) at the Kent City Schools.
Mitchell has coached the Team Ohio Lacrosse Club (2005-06) and the Ohio Premier Lacrosse Club (2006-08). She was a member of the Ohio All-American Selection Committee (2004-07) and helped select players for the Midwest National Lacrosse Team (2006-2010) and is currently a member of the IWLCA.
As a high school coach, Mitchell had over 20 of her players move on to all college division levels. She has coached three All-Americans, one of whom went on to play for the U.S. Women's Lacrosse developmental team.
Mitchell (nee Lewis) earned a bachelor of science in education from Bowling Green State University in 2000. Additionally, she has obtained over 40 additional college credits. While an undergraduate student, she helped initiate the Club Team at Bowling Green, serving as a mentor and player.
Mitchell and her husband Joshua reside in Stow with their three children: Lucas, Nathan, and Taylor Ruth.
Akron women’s lacrosse will begin competition in the spring of 2020 and will participate as a member of the ASUN Conference.