A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Willie Mitchell joins Brebeuf Jesuit after 18 Years of coaching at the NCAA Division I level. He has devoted much of his life to coaching and playing hockey and has spent the past several years in Indiana developing youth hockey players with the Indy Strong and as an assistant at Brebeuf Jesuit.
“Willie has an amazing hockey mind, a wealth of experience, passion and ability to connect with and teach young people, and a desire to dedicate himself to Brebeuf Jesuit as the long-term Head Coach,” said Athletic Director Ted Hampton. “We are blessed to have him as part of our coaching family and school community.”
His playing experience included National Championships in Canada with Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan at the AAA Midget and Jr A levels and NCAA Tournament appearances as a player at Northern Michigan University. After a stint with the Canadian National Team in Calgary, he graduated from Western Ontario University and then began coaching at the Collegiate level.
At Michigan State University, as the Graduate Assistant Coach, he produced back-to-back first-team All-American goaltenders. He was then named the Associate Head Coach at Wayne State University in Detroit and helped the Warriors to three straight CHA Championships and an NCAA berth in the program’s third year in existence. After seven years with the Warriors, Willie coached at the University of Vermont for three seasons, culminating in an NCAA Frozen Four appearance.
Willie brings a proven track record to Brebeuf Jesuit and has coached many former players that have matriculated to the NHL. He will bring a dynamic and informed approach to hockey at Brebeuf and has a strong desire to teach student-athletes the game.
Willie is married to wife, Chantelle, and has a daughter named Nadia. When not at the arena, he enjoys working out, home improvement, and fishing.