Bridgette Mitchell enters her first season as an assistant coach with the Siena College Women's Basketball program. Mitchell joins 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. "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."
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. "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.