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University of Tulsa alumnus Clif Mitchell is in his third year as an assistant track & field coach for the Golden Hurricane. Mitchell coaches the sprints, hurdles, jumps and relay teams.
Tulsa's sprinters and hurdlers have seen a marked improvement since Mitchell joined the coaching staff prior to the 2011-12 season. Mitchell's experience and coaching ability has helped skyrocket a number of Hurricane athletes to top performances in conference and regional competition.
In the 2012-13 season, Mitchell tutored the school's first-ever freshman All-American as Bryce Robison placed sixth in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships, while also racking up a win in the 60 meters at the Conference USA Indoor Championships and finishing as the runner-up in the 200 meters. Another freshman, John Teeters, ran a school record time of 10.27 at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor West Regional. The men's 4x100 relay team also qualified for regional competition with a school record 40.38 during the outdoor season.
On the women's side, Mitchell coached the 2013 C-USA Indoor and Outdoor 800 Meter Champion Katherine Camp, while Caroline Schuster qualified for regional competition in the 400 meters with a time of 54.25.
During his first year at Tulsa, Mitchell coached Julian Frazier qualified for the NCAA Regional in the 400-meter dash and was the C-USA runner-up in the indoor 400-meters. Mitchell also oversaw the men's 4x400 relay squads that shattered school records at both the C-USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Mitchell returned to Tulsa after spending three years as an assistant coach with the UMKC cross country/track and field program, where he was the primary cross country/distance coach for the Kangaroos.
At UMKC, Mitchell had two student-athletes break school records during the 2009 indoor season. Larry Hill broke the school record in the 600-yard run and 800-meter run, while Cosmas Ayabei broke the 3,000-meter record. Mitchell coached Ayabei to two medals at The Summit League Indoor Championship, a silver medal in the 5,000 meters and a bronze in the 3,000 meters. He had five student-athletes land on the UMKC all-time top-five performance list in eight events.
Following the 2009 outdoor season, Mitchell saw Aubrey Frederking break the UMKC school record in the 1,500-meter run. He also coached Hill to a bronze medal in the 800 meters at The Summit League Outdoor Championship. Mitchell had two student-athletes land on the UMKC top-five performance list.
During the 2009 cross-country season, Mitchell coached Ayabei to a third-place finish at the Summit League Cross Country Championship. Ayabei earned first team all-league honors and was named the Newcomer of the Championship, a honor that has not been bestowed to a Kangaroo since the 1999 season. Ayabei ran his way into the UMKC record books, posting the fifth top performance in the men's 8K and ranking as the fourth top performer in the 8K. Ayabei is Mitchell's fourth student-athlete to land on the top performer and top performance list.
Mitchell coached Alex Lopez to a second place finish in the 800 meters at The Summit League Indoor Championships, earning Lopez all-league honors. Lopez also broke the UMKC school record in the event at the Iowa State Classic with the career-best time of 1:54.23. Mitchell had 40 student-athletes run personal bests during the 2008-09 indoor season.
Following the 2009 outdoor season, Mitchell had three student-athletes land on the UMKC all-time top-five performance list, Lopez (800 meters), Laban Mutai (5,000 meters) and Aubrey Frederking (1,500 meters).
In the 2008 cross country season, Mitchell coached Laban Mutai to a ninth place finish at The Summit League Championships, earning him Second Team all-League honors. Mutai ranks as UMKC's ninth top performer in the men's 8K and third top performer in the men's 10K.
While at KU, Mitchell assisted head coach Stanley Redwine with the day-to-day operations with the Jayhawk track and field programs. He also was a graduate assistant for the Kansas Relays Meet Director, where he was responsible for several aspects for the nationally-known relays.
Mitchell rounded out his career at KU after graduating from The University of Tulsa. With the Golden Hurricane, Mitchell was a two-time WAC all-conference selection in the 800-meter run and a three-time bronze medalist as a member of the 4x400-meter relay. He also was the 800-meter champion at the Missouri Relays.
Upon graduation from Tulsa, Mitchell closed out his eligibility at KU in 2007. During the indoor season, Mitchell was a Big 12 all-conference selection in the 600-yard run.
As a prep, Mitchell was a Track and Field News High School all-American in the 4x400-meter relay in 2001, and he was a part of the 4x400-meter relay that set a Oklahoma state meet record. The two-time state champion (4x400; 4x800) was also the Texas Relays Champion in the 4x800-meter relay in 2002. Additionally, Mitchell was a member of the cross-country state championship team at Edmond Memorial High School in 2000.
Mitchell, who is a USATF Level 2 certified coach for distance, earned his bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from The University of Tulsa in 2006. He received a master's degree in exercise science from the University of Kansas in July 2011.
He is married to former Golden Hurricane track & field athlete April Mitchell.
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