Stump Mitchell

Stump Mitchell
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Running backs coach
Team Arizona Cardinals
Biographical details
Born (1959-03-15) March 15, 1959
Kingsland, Georgia
Alma mater The Citadel
Playing career
1977–1980 The Citadel
1981–1987 St. Louis Cardinals
1988–1989 Phoenix Cardinals
1990 Kansas City Chiefs
1993 Arizona Rattlers
Position(s) Running back, return specialist
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992 San Antonio Riders (assistant)
1993–1994 Casa Grande Union HS (AZ)
1995 Morgan State (AHC/OC)
1996–1998 Morgan State
1999–2007 Seattle Seahawks (RB)
2008–2009 Washington Redskins (AHC/RB)
2010–2012 Southern
2013–present Arizona Cardinals (RB)
Head coaching record
Overall 14–42

Lyvonia Albert "Stump" Mitchell (born March 15, 1959) is an American football coach and former professional player. He served as head football coach at Morgan State University from 1996 to 1998 and Southern University from 2010 to 2012, compiling an overall college football record of 14–42. Mitchell played collegiately at The Citadel and thereafter was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was a running back and return specialist for the Cardinals from 1981 to 1989.

Early years

Mitchell's football career began at Camden County High School, Camden County, Georgia. He played collegiately for The Citadel and still holds school records for rushing yards in a season (1,647) and career (4,062). A 3-year starter at tailback he was a 2 time all Southern Conference selection; as a senior in 1980 he was the second leading rusher in NCAA Division 1-A behind Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and was named a Third Team All-American. He was also honored as the Southern Conference Player of the Year and the South Carolina Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Mitchell also participated in track and field competition at The Citadel, recording a 23-foot 3 inch jump in 1981.[1]

Professional playing career

Mitchell was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth round (226th pick overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. A 5'9", 188 lbs. running back from The Citadel, Mitchell played for the Cardinals from 1981–1989 and ended his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1990, he made a brief comeback with the Arena Football League in 1993. His best year as a pro was during the 1985 season when he rushed for 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns; he holds the Cardinals franchise record for all-purpose yards with 11,998.

Coaching career

Mitchell served as head coach at Casa Grande Union High School in Casa Grande, Arizona from 1993 to 1994. He was the head coach at Morgan State University from 1996 to 1998, compiling a record of 8–24. He then served as the running backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1999 to 2007. He took the running backs coaching position on the Washington Redskins staff in 2008. Mitchell accepted the head coaching position at Southern University on January 11, 2010. During his first season, Mitchell led Southern to a 2–9 record. In 2011, the Jaguars finished with a 4–7 record.

To start off the 2012 season, Southern suffered a 66–21 loss to the New Mexico Lobos. After that defeat, the Jaguars returned home for a Thursday home game against Mississippi Valley State which aired nationally on ESPNU. Southern was upset 6–0 by Valley in that contest. The next day Mitchell was reassigned to another position within the University, ending his tenure as Southern's head coach after only 24 games.[2] He finished with an 6–18 overall record. Defensive coordinator Dawson Odums was named as the interim coach of the Jaguars.[2]


Mitchell is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. His nickname came from the fact that he played football with guys two to four years older than he was when he was a kid. Being from a small country town they said he was tougher than a stump.


  1. 2015 The Citadel Track and Field Record Book (PDF). The Citadel Bulldogs. p. 8. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Stump Mitchell out as Southern football coach". The Advocate. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. September 14, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
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