Former Shocker FB Coach Jack Mitchell Passes Away
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:07/07/2009
Jack Mitchell's 1954 Shocker team went 9-1 and won the first MVC football title for the school
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Former University of Wichita head football coach Jack Mitchell, who led the school to its best season with a 9-1 record in 1954, passed away at the age of 85 yesterday in Arizona.

Mitchell, who was an Arkansas City, Kan., native was an All-America quarterback for the University of Oklahoma, and succeeded Bob Carlson at WU in 1953 for his first head coaching appointment.

Mitchell's appointment gave the Shockers one of the youngest coaching staffs in the nation at that point, as the 29-year old joined a 33-year old Ralph Miller and a 31-year old Dick Miller to compliment the youth movement.

He was an all-conference and all-state student-athlete at Arkansas City in 1940 and 1941 before entering the armed forces for three years in 1943. He spent nearly 30 months in the European Theatre as a first lieutenant in the infantry.

Playing under the legendary Bud Wilkinson at the University of Oklahoma in 1948, Mitchell guided the Sooners to a 14-6 upset win over North Carolina and Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice in the 1949 Sugar Bowl.

Mitchell guided the Shockers to a 4-4-1 record in his first season before leading WU to its first Missouri Valley Conference crown in 1954 with a 9-1 record. Mitchell then went on to coach three seasons at Arkansas before going 44-42-5 as the head coach at Kansas.

Once his coaching career came to a close, Mitchell became the owner of the Wellington Daily News.


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