Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell

Michael H. Mitchell's name can't be found in the UMass Boston record book, but the players who are there might just owe their success to him. A schoolboy legend, he was a founding member of the first Boston Shootout team in 1972 and went to Livingstone College on a basketball scholarship, but transferred to the Harbor Campus to become the Beacons' first-ever recruited basketball player. He played for UMass Boston's club team for four years, earning team Most Valuable Player accolades as a junior and senior after averaging 18.5 and 19.4 points, respectively, to lead UMB to a combined 42-6 mark. The point guard led the Beacons to a 60-22 mark in his tenure, defeating a number of Division III varsity programs and the Harvard University junior varsity squad as well. He averaged 17.5 points, 7.1 assists and three steals per game over his career, while making 85% of his free throw tries as the posterboy for a successful club program, which was a major factor in the school's decision to add varsity athletic programs to the curriculum. The two-year captain's outstanding game wasn't lost on pro scouts as evidenced when the Boston Celtics signed him as a free agent and invited him to the team's annual rookie camp. He returned to UMass Boston as an assistant basketball coach in 1981-82 and helped recruit the players that would give the university its first NCAA tournament berth in 1982-83. Following his time at UMass Boston, Mitchell went on play a huge role in youth basketball in Boston as the METCO Coordinator at Wayland Middle School and as a coach at Wayland High School and in the BNBL. He has coached at the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club for the past 20 years and is the former Executive Director of the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club, where he is currently an advisor. Mitchell is currently the Executive Director of Youth Opportunity Boston, a comprehensive career development program for the City of Boston.