A native of St Albans, England, Sam Mitchell graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Kent Canterbury in England before moving to the states to coach youth teams in Connecticut.
Prior to joining the Knights as a volunteer assistant this season, Mitchell coached the Rollins Women’s Soccer team as first assistant, helping to guide the Tars to their first Division II National Championship Final in program history and a No. 2 ranking in the NCAA national standings.
Currently an Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) coach for its Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) program, Mitchell holds UEFA “B” coaching certification and spent five years as a coach in the English Premier League with Watford FC.
In 2012 Mitchell began coaching in youth development with VSI West Florida Flames Boy’s NPL teams and the Girls ECNL program, where he guided the ECNL U-17 team through to the National Finals. ECNL is the nation’s top league for young women, ages 14-18. During this time he continued his coaching education gaining the USSF B coaching license as well as receiving a Distinction in his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
During his time at VSI, he was also named Head Coach of VSI Tampa Bay FC Super 20’s team as well as Assistant coach for the PDL and Professional team from 2012-2013. He led the Super 20’s and the U17 ECNL Girls team to National finals in 2012.
Prior to following his coaching passions, Mitchell spent five seasons playing semi-professional soccer in England for London Colney FC & Tring Athletic.