W&L NAMES DEAN'NA MITCHELSON ASSISTANT WOMEN'S
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Athletic Director Mike
Walsh has announced the appointment of Dean'na Mitchelson as assistant
women's basketball coach and athletic administrative assistant. The
position is largely funded by the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement
Internship Program. Mitchelson began her appointment August 16.
"I'm very excited to hopefully bring the same intensity
to a Division III program similar to my playing days in the ACC,"
said Mitchelson. "I'm honored to have the chance to learn coaching
the collegiate game at W&L, and to have the chance to share my own
diverse ideas with the University. I'm very fortunate that the NCAA
is providing me with this opportunity."
"Dean'na Mitchelson brings a wealth of playing and
coaching experience to our women's basketball program," said Walsh.
"We look forward to her being a big part of our administrative
staff in addition to the contributions she will make to our women's basketball
players. We also thank the NCAA for making this opportunity available
to Dean'na and our department."
Mitchelson comes to W&L from Robert E. Lee High School
in Staunton, Va., where she served as the head women's basketball coach
during the 2003-04 season. She has also been an intern coaching
assistant at the University of Virginia for the 2002-03 season and was
an assistant women's basketball coach at Monticello and Covenant Christian
High Schools during the 2001-02 school year.
"We are very pleased to have someone of Dean'na's caliber
joining our coaching staff," said W&L Head Coach Mandy King.
"She brings a wealth of enthusiasm, knowledge and experience
to W&L women's basketball. She
Mitchelson is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia
where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology with a minor
in sociology. She also holds a conditional teaching license in special
education from Liberty University.
Mitchelson was a four-year letterwinner for the Cavaliers' women's basketball team, serving as a team tri-captain during the 2000-01 season.
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