Bridgette Mitchell enters her second season as an assistant coach with the Siena College Women's Basketball program. Mitchell joined the Saints after beginning her coaching career as an assistant at Wagner College during the 2013-14 season.
"We are excited to welcome Bridgette to the Siena community," said head coach Ali Jaques upon her hiring. "She has an infectious personality with tremendous passion and intensity for the game of basketball. Her playing experience at Duke and on the professional level will be tremendous for our team."
Mitchell's first season with the Saints coincided with the program's most successful campaign in over a decade. Despite being forced to play with an active roster of just seven players for the final 30 games of the year, Siena persevered to achieve a 22-13 overall record during the 2014-15 season which marked the program's first winning season in 11 years and most victories in a dozen seasons. Siena's season culminated with a berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational and the Saints became the first school in MAAC history to win three games in a national postseason tournament and advance to the championship game. Siena's 13-win improvement from the previous season was tied for the second best turnaround in all of Division I and the Saints' 12 true road wins were tied for the fourth most nationally.
Prior to serving as an assistant coach with the Seahawks, Mitchell played professionally in France for Villeneuve d'Ascq (2010) and for Energa Torun in Poland where she led the team to a bronze medal and appearance in the European Championships in 2011-12. She signed a training camp contract with the WNBA's Seattle Storm in 2011.
"I'm excited about the prospect of coming in and joining this program," noted Mitchell upon her hiring. "I'm really competitive and I don't like to lose. I hope to transfer those qualities to the student athletes in our program. I want to help light their fire and get the competitive cauldron boiling. Winning is contagious and it starts with hard work in the offseason. I can't wait to get started."
A native of Trenton, N.J., Mitchell starred at Duke University where she appeared in 131 games including 43 career starts and earned her B.A. in Sociology in 2010.
Mitchell was team captain her senior year, helping guide the Blue Devils to an ACC Championship and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. She was a three-time ACC Honor Roll selection and was named to the 2010 ACC All-Academic Team.
Prior to attending Duke, Mitchell played prep basketball at The Peddie School where she was named a McDonald's All-American and was awarded the 2006 Naismith Sportsmanship Award. She was also a Parade All-American as well as the 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year for New Jersey.