Vicki Mitchell is now in her 14th year with the UB program and has been the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and women’s track and field coach since 2002. Mitchell directly coaches the men’s and women’s middle distance runners and oversees the women’s track and field student-athletes.
Mitchell’s highlights at UB include the highest women’s team placing at the MAC Outdoor Championships in 2010 and her men’s cross country team attaining its highest finishes at the 2011 MAC and Northeast Regional Championships. The 2010 season produced UB’s first All-American (Kristy Woods) in over 10 years, as well as several MAC champions and NCAA qualifiers. Under Mitchell’s tutelage, 2009 graduate Mary Veith became the first UB cross country runner to earn first-team All-MAC honors three years in a row. UB produced the MAC indoor distance medley relay champion foursome and 2006 MAC mile champion Jennifer Jezorski. In 2004, Jennifer Koeppel became the first UB woman to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championshps. Koeppel also won the MAC Cross Country and 10,000-meter titles. Middle distance standout Allison Laske competed in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships and competed at the 2004 United States Olympic Trials. In 2001, Jerimie Slick became the first UB runner in over 30 years to compete at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships. In addition, Mitchell has had several athletes qualify for the USATF Junior National Championships every year.
Prior to arriving at UB in 1999, Mitchell served as the assistant cross country and track and field coach at William Jewell College in Kansas City, Missouri. Mitchell also spent five years at Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo where she taught physical education and was the head cross country and track and field coach. A native Western New Yorker, she is a 1987 graduate of Amherst Central School.
A distinguished athlete and international competitor, Mitchell competed in the 1996 U.S. Olympic 10,000-meter Trials. She made her marathon debut at the 1999 Hong Kong Marathon, where she qualified for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. In 2001, she was invited to join the Fila Discovery USA training program, a program designed to develop American distance runners into elite marathon athletes able to compete with the best in the world. She has been a member of five USA national teams, including the 1993 World University Games and 1998 IAAF World Road Race Championship in Manaus, Brazil.
Mitchell is the current Northeast NCAA Cross Country Rep and has been an instrumental committee member in establishing the Buffalo Chapter of Girls on the Run, a national program for pre-teen girls that focuses on on developing self-esteeem, self-respect and healthy living through fitness and running. Mitchell also presented at the 2010 Illinois State Track Clinic, is a panel member of the Buffalo Medical Runner’s Forum and is a regular speaker at several running camps each year.
Mitchell received her B.S.E. in physical education from Cortland State in 1991 and a master’s in exercise physiology from North Carolina-Greensboro in 1994. While at Cortland State, Mitchell was a seven-time NCAA champion and 10-time All-American in leading the Red Dragons to NCAA Division III national championships in cross country and track. In 2003, she was named Cortland’s Western New York Alum of the Year, and in 2004 she was inducted to the Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was named to the Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.