Mitchell had been the head coach at Coppin State for 28 years, making four appearances in the NCAA Tournament and two in the NIT.
Most of his success came during the 1990s, when he won a share of nine out of 10 MEAC regular-season titles, and also had an 11-season stretch of winning seasons from 1988-99. Included in that was an NCAA Tournament upset of No. 2 seed South Carolina in 1997, when the Eagles were a No. 15 seed.
However, Mitchell and Coppin State have finished below .500 in nine of the past 10 seasons, going 20-44 in the past two seasons. The Eagles were 12-20 in 2013-14.