Pitt assistant coach Bridgette Mitchell has secured her first head coaching gig after Northeastern announced her as the program’s next head coach last Saturday. With the hiring, Mitchell becomes the second assistant coach under Lance White to land a head coaching job, with the other being Hofstra’s Danielle Atkinson.
Mitchell expressed her excitement about her new position while thanking Northeastern athletic director Jeff Konya for her newfound opportunity.
“I am ecstatic about the opportunity that I have been given to be the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Northeastern. I’m incredibly grateful for Jeff (Konya) trusting me to lead this program. Our visions align, in that we want the young women to experience the same level of success on the court that they do in the classroom.”
Mitchell spent two years on White’s staff and played a significant role in shaping the team through her role as recruiting coordinator. When examining this past season’s team, Mitchell was responsible for bringing in Tracey Houston, Liatu King and Taisha Exanor. Transfers like the sharpshooting Jayla Everett and Destiny Strother also joined the Panthers’ program after hefty recruiting efforts by Mitchell.
Lance White offered a statement on Twitter that praised the work ethic that Mitchell displayed during her tenure with Pitt.
So excited for your next journey but sad to see you go @Coach_Beeee‼️@GoNUwbasketball is getting a great coach and an even better person.#H2P // #GoBeyond https://t.co/hB8v1nod7p pic.twitter.com/18WgExszz9
— Pitt Basketball (@Pitt_WBB) April 17, 2021
Mitchell’s journey as a coach began in 2013-14 after a successful playing career in Durham with the Duke Blue Devils. Her first opportunity in coaching at the collegiate level took place during the 2013-14 season with Wagner of the Northeast Conference. She then served as an assistant coach for Siena before transitioning to the same role at James Madison. While with the Dukes, Mitchell helped contribute to an incredible run that featured the team finishing with a 78-26 record over the course of three seasons.