After 20 years and 200-plus victories, BGA soccer coach steps down


After 20 years and 200-plus victories, BGA soccer coach steps down

Battle Ground Academy’s Rob Mitchell has stepped down as the boys varsity soccer coach after 20 years.

He announced his decision to the team on Wednesday.

In his 20 years as head coach, Mitchell has coached his team to two state championships, two state runner-ups, three semi-finals and nine quarterfinals. He has also coached five regional champions and two regional runner-ups. During his final season, Mitchell surpassed the 200-victory mark and his team rallied for a state runner-up finish.

“Rob is an excellent coach, teacher and mentor,” said BGA Athletic Director Fred Eaves. “Under his
leadership, BGA’s boys soccer team has been one of the top programs in Tennessee for 20 years. His legacy is evident in each of the student-athletes he has coached because of their strong work ethic, resilience and accountability.”

BGA will immediately begin a search for a new coach, according to Eaves.

Mitchell, a 1990 graduate of BGA, joined the faculty in 1996 as an eighth grade history teacher. Through the years, his role in BGA’s Middle School has grown to include Middle School Athletic Director and 7th -8th Grade Dean.

“Coaching the BGA soccer team has been a dream come true, and I have loved every minute of it. I know that BGA will find a coach who loves the program as much as I do and will continue to grow it,” Mitchell said. “That being said, I felt the time was right for me to step aside. I made the decision earlier this year that my son’s senior year would also be my final season as the coach. Moving forward, I will focus on my other responsibilities at BGA, including supporting our new Head of Middle School Patrick Snead.”

Established in 1889, Battle Ground Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory school for grades kindergarten through 12. More information on the school can be found at
www.battlegroundacademy.org.

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