Some people know that they want to coach at a young age.
With the game of basketball, Craig Mitchell was not one of those people
"I never though I'd coach basketball," he said. "I started off playing basketball, I was never very good at it."
Instead, he was always more interested in the sport of wrestling, after a suggestion from a coach.
"In seventh grade I had a coach Ed Matthews who told me that I should try out for wrestling and tried out for wrestling and had a lot of success and really enjoyed it," said Mitchell.
He was successful in it as well. While wrestling at Lubbock Christian High School, he was a three year Letterman and the team finished second, third and fifth in state during his career.
After college, it didn't look like coaching would be in his future, until he
"When I had a daughter, I decided hey I want to be a part of it and worked with my dad pretty closely for years and that's how I started," he said.
After coaching with his dad for a few years, he went back to Lubbock Christian, first as an assistant, then as a head coach. At LCHS, he was part of two state championship winning teams, in 2013 and 2015.
This past season, Matt Moore was set to take over as head coach, and when asked, it was easy for Mitchell to make a decision on whether or not he'd stick around.
"Coach Moore was incredibly gracious when he came on asking me if I would stay and help with scouting and with some game plan and I went to school at Lubbock Christian, so the reason that I wanted to be here was to be here with Coach Moore, to be here with these girls, but because this is my home," Mitchell said. "When, I'm all said and done, the banners will be off the wall, the rings will be gone, I really want to be able to have a kid say 'this coach helped me' and 'this coached cared about me' and that's ultimately what I care about."
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