SCU Welcomes New Women’s Track Coach

By Tyler Moss

Southwestern Christian University is pleased to welcome new women’s track and cross country coach Ron Mitchell to the SCU family.

Mitchell is familiar with the Oklahoma-area track and cross country scene, having been born and raised in Tulsa, Okla., where he attended Union High School. He then attended Central State University (now University of Central Oklahoma).

After graduating from college in 1975, Mitchell wasted no time starting his coaching career as he accepted a job serving under legendary track coach Jim Bradshaw at Union High School. After two years at Union, Mitchell accepted his first head coaching position at Edmond High School, where he built the program into a power house, winning eight state championships in track and cross country. Mitchell’s teams also finished as state runners-up eight times.

In 2003, Mitchell moved to Texas to coach at Harker Heights High School, Industrial High School, and Grapevine High School. Over the course of his career, he has coached 43 individual state champions and all state recipients, as well as 12 High School All-Americans.

“We are very excited to have Coach Mitchell joining our staff,” SCU Director of Athletics Mark Arthur said. “He has a wealth of experience and will do a tremendous job. His coaching record speaks for itself.”

Mitchell and his wife Marsha have been married for 32 years and have three children, Brooks, Clif, and Williams, as well as two grandchildren Riley and Wyatt.

Paul Parent, who has served as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at SCU, will now focus his attention solely on the men’s team as Mitchell takes the reigns of the women’s program.