Mitchell will oversee student-athlete health and well-being units, which include athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, sports psychology and App State’s strategic partnership with AppOrtho. He will also serve on the athletics department’s executive team.
“As we continue our focus on the health and well-being of Appalachian student-athletes, we have added several professional staff, enhanced our collaboration with our university partners and added strategic partnerships to enable us to better care for our student-athletes,” Gillin said. “Jon has been a vital part of these efforts, and I look forward to his leadership in structuring these areas to continue to enhance the health and well-being of our student-athletes.”
Since Mitchell joined the App State staff in 2014, he has worked as the athletic trainer for men’s basketball for four seasons, while overseeing the athletic training department. He was named Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being during the 2017-18 school year.
“I want to thank Doug Gillin and Appalachian State University,” said Mitchell. “I am excited to continue our growth and development in the area of student-athlete health and well-being. This is an important part of keeping everyone healthy. As a department, we will continue to identify ways to better serve our student-athletes in physical, emotional and mental health.”
Under Mitchell’s leadership, App State student-athletes have seen growth in health and well-being initiatives. The department hired its first full-time dietitian, hired a full-time psychologist, maintains a relationship with AppOrtho for physician care and entered into a partnership with sports performance psychologist Dr. Desaree Festa. In addition, the strength and conditioning department saw the addition of renowned coach Anthony Glass and football director of athletic performance Jeff Jones, and athletic training has seen an increase in staff support and the latest methods to keep student-athletes healthy.
He recently earned his Doctorate of Education in global sports leadership from East Tennessee State and is a 1996 graduate of Mars Hill College (bachelor’s) and 1998 graduate of Gardner-Webb University (master’s). Mitchell came to App State after 15 years in athletic training at Gardner-Webb. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Payton and Camden.