Sam Mitchell spent 52 years as a high school coach. The last 32 of those years were at Harrisonburg High School, where he was a valued assistant on a number of district and regional championship teams in football, baseball and wrestling.
He also served as head softball coach for several years. In 1997, Sam was awarded the Blue Streak Award for his long-time contributions to the school, both as a coach and driving instructor in the P.E. department, and his 27 year sponsorship of the HHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Coach Mitchell was born and grew up in Bath County, where he was a member of his high school sports teams. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1954, where he played baseball his last three years. Sam’s contributions continued outside of school. He was the scoreboard operator for HHS football games and served for years as a coach in the recreational league baseball programs and also served as a volunteer at a local nursing home.