Clif Mitchell is in his first year as an assistant cross country/track and field coach at The University of Tulsa.
Mitchell was a student-athlete at TU from 2002-05, and he left TU with the school record in the 600-yard run.
He returns 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.
He had two student-athletes break UMKC 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 masters degree in exercise science from the University of Kansas in July 2011.
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