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Men's Head Coach: Derrick Mitchell
A coaching veteran with more than 10 years of experience at the NAIA level, as well as stops at NCAA Division II and NJCAA institutions, Voorhees College announced Derrick Mitchell as its new head men’s basketball coach in July of 2014.
Mitchell took over the helm of the Tigers after spending the past season as the Assistant Coach at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark. He became just the ninth men’s basketball coach in Voorhees College history.
The 2017-18 season at Voorhees College was one to remember for sure. Voorhees finished the season as a NAIA Division II National Championship participant while having a record of 19-10. Voorhees traveled to Sioux Falls, SD as a participant in the NAIA national tournament. Unfortunately, the Tigers would lose in the first round to Indiana East 91-79.
Despite being picked to finish fifth in the conference in the preseason poll, Voorhees finished runner-up in the conference and conference tournament. During the 2017-18 campaign, Mitchell and the Tigers were one of two Division II NAIA teams to beat A.I.I Conference champions Stillman College.
2016-17 was one for the record books as Mitchell, and the Tigers, 17-13 on the year, claimed the A.I.I. Conference Tournament Championship. After falling short the previous year, the Tigers had one goal in mind all year and they were able to accomplish that feat.
In Mitchell’s first season at the helm, 2014-15 he led Voorhees to a 14-17 record. Last Year, in 2015-2016 Mitchell led Voorhees College Men to new heights. The Tigers amassed an overall record of 21-8. That was good for +7 win increase for the Tigers. This was the largest win increase from year to year in almost 15 years. To top this off, Voorhees went a whopping 10-4 on the road during Mitchell’s second season for the 5th best road record in the NAIA. To top off an amazing year for the second year coach, Coach Mitchell was named A.I.I 2015-16 Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. This was quite an accomplishment for Mitchell. He responded by saying “I’m humbled and blessed by the accolades, but as a team we fell short of our goal, which was to win a National Championship! In two years Mitchell is 35-25 (59% win pct.)
Prior to coming to Voorhees, Mitchell served as assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at Division II Southern Arkansas University. While at Southern Arkansas University (SAU), he assisted the team in reaching the conference tournament for the first time since 2006-2007 season. Just a year removed from a 0-25 season, with Mitchell’s assistance, the team won more games (12) than the previous three seasons combined.
Before his appointment at SAU, Mitchell was a middle school coach at R.B. Hudson High School in Selma, Ala. While there, Mitchell had a record of 25-2 in two seasons as well as winning two championships.
Mitchell also previously served as assistant coach at Wallace Community College in Selma, Ala. In that role, he served as recruiting coordinator and worked specifically with the team guards. While at WCCS, under the tutelage of Head coach Antoinette Blevins, Mitchell was able to help them capture two back to back conference championships, as well as send (5) five young ladies to division I colleges.
Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tougaloo College in 2002. He later received a master’s degree in coaching and sports studies from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. in 2009. He is married to QuShawanda Fields-Mitchell of Flint, Mich. They have two children Bryson 9, and Brookelynn 2.
Coaching Record at Voorhees
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Men's Associate Head Coach: Taven Jenkins
Taven Jenkins begins his first season as Associate Head Coach with the Voorhees College men’s basketball program in 2018-19.
Prior to joining the Tigers, Jenkins served as an assistant head coach at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. The Blue Raiders finished their 2017-2018 campaign 24-8 and Mid-South Conference Tournament Champions. Bryan Wallace (Greece) finish with MSC 1st team and NAIA All American 2nd team honors. Charles Sutton and Nic Brown (Spain) made the MSC second team. The Blue Raiders were defeated by #2 seed Carrol in the NAIA national tournament first round. While working with the Men’s program at Lindsey Wilson Coach Jenkins worked with NAIA All-American, NAIA Player of the Year runner-up and professional basketball player Kayla Styles (Belgium). “Coach Jenkins really took my game to another level. He pushed me to my point many days but never let me give up. I could literally never satisfy him even when I scored 40 he told me Styles you could of have 50+” said Styles.
In his time at Lindsey Wilson, Jenkins was responsible for the recruitment and development of student-athletes, scouting reports and game film analysis as well as conditioning and developing offensive and defensive schemes.
Jenkins has also spent time at Low Country Leadership Charter School in Hollywood, South Carolina where he was the head basketball coach and substitute teacher. Jenkins began with the LLCS Gators during the 2016-2017 basketball season, when he stepped in for coach Jason Williams. He led the Gators to their first playoff appearance in the school’s history. Under his leadership sophomore Donnell Bowens was selected as the first All-Region in the school’s history.
Prior to his high school stint Jenkins also served as a student assistant while receiving his undergraduate degree in Sports Management at Voorhees College. In his first season with the Tigers in 2014-15, he helped lead Voorhees to a 14-17 overall record. He followed by helping the Tigers to a 21-8 mark in 2015-16. The seven-win increase between the two seasons was the largest in program history in nearly 15 years. Voorhees posted a 10-4 mark in road games in 2015-16 as Jenkins helped instruct the Association of Independent Institutions Player of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year, along with four all-conference selections including a trio of first-team honorees.