LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky women's basketball fans are invited to a “Day in the Park with Matthew Mitchell” Sunday, June 24 at Veteran’s Park in Lexington. The event is free of charge and will feature food, fun and fellowship. It will take place at Shelter No. 1 from 4-6 p.m. ET.
Mitchell comes to Kentucky after serving as a former assistant coach at UK, Tennessee and Florida, and as the head coach at Morehead State University. He spent the last two seasons at Morehead where he did a remarkable job with the Lady Eagles in a just a short amount of time. He helped them go from a 5-22 record a year prior to his arrival to a 16-13 overall mark and 11-9 league record in his first season. In his second season, Mitchell guided Morehead to a third-place finish in the league with a school-record 13 conference wins.
Mitchell is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference or Kentucky as he worked as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator under former UK Hoops Coach Mickie DeMoss from 2003-05. He came to UK in April 2003 and spent two seasons with the Wildcats, where he was a key factor in the development and improvement of UK ’s post players. Under his guidance, center Sarah Elliott ranked in the top 10 in two league rankings and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. Forward Jennifer Humphrey flourished under Mitchell’s guidance, leading the team in rebounding and ranking 15th in SEC rebounding. She went on to become UK ’s second all-time leading rebounder. As the recruiting coordinator, Mitchell also helped bring in the nation’s sixth-ranked recruiting class in 2003-04 by the All-Star Girls Report.
“I am so excited about returning to Kentucky and one of the main reasons I’m so glad to be back is because of the outstanding fan support,” Mitchell said. “We want to invite everyone to come out and enjoy a fun day at the park and meet our coaching staff and players.”
Fans will have the opportunity to meet Coach Mitchell, along with assistant coaches Niya Butts and Vonn Read and all of the UK Hoops players. For more detailed directions to Veteran’s Park and Shelter No. 1 visit ukathletics.com.