STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Starkville High School athletic director Stan Miller knew about Jamie Mitchell’s reputation as a good football coach before hiring him to lead the Yellowjackets.
What Miller has come to learn about Mitchell is the organizational skill he exhibits on a daily basis while running the program.
There was no hesitation when Miller considered someone to help him with certain aspects of the Starkville athletic program. He presented Mitchell’s name to the Starkville School District board.
“I’ve been around a lot of great coaches, but what I love about this guy are his details,” Miller said. “He is unbelievable about details and about everything that he wants in place. When I suggested it to (Starkville School Superintendent) Dr. (Lewis) Holloway, I said this is a guy who can really help us.”
Miller expects Mitchell to help more in the spring than in the fall since he has a football team to coach.
Some of Mitchell’s responsibilities as assistant athletic director of the Yellowjackets will be in the areas of eligibility and facilities.
“I will probably leave him alone for most of the fall and in the spring, he is going to get more into duties,” Miller said. “As far as grounds and facilities, everything goes to him now. As far as game fields and making sure the shrubbery is all pruned and cut. That’s the kind of thing this guy loves to do. He wants to make sure everything looks first class.”
Being in athletic administration is nothing new to Mitchell.
While coaching at Itawamba AHS, Charleston and Ripley, Mitchell was also the athletic director at those schools.
The opportunity to help a man he has grown to respect is why Mitchell has jumped in to lend a hand.
“(Miller has) carried a much greater load than he probably should have in his job and what I want to do is help any way I can to alleviate some burden from him,” Mitchell said. “Hopefully, I can do that in a lot of different ways. I’d love to keep him around as long as we can. Maybe with this, it will encourage him to stick around a little longer.
“He is as good as there is to work with. He will let you know when you mess up, but he is also there to pat you on the back when you do a good job. He is a really good boss.”
The Yellowjackets were supposed to begin football practice on Monday, but a persistent thunderstorm with dangerous lightning prevented that from taking place.
Mitchell and the Jackets were disappointed with the circumstances.
“I told our coaches that I don’t think in 25 years of coaching that I’ve ever had the first day rained out,” Mitchell said. “You are geared up and ready to go. We would have stayed if it had just been the rain, but the lightning was more than we could deal with.”
Information from: Starkville Daily News, http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/