Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema confirmed late Friday aftneroon that it had hired Kansas’ Reggie Mitchell as its new running backs coach.
Mitchell, who previously coached and served as recruiting coordinator at Michigan State under current Alabama head coach Nick Saban, has been at Kansas the last six seasons.
Over his career, Mitchell has coached or recruited 33 players that have been selected in the NFL Draft, including six first round picks.
“I got to know Reggie during my time in the Big Ten and he was known as a dominant recruiter,” said Bielema, “Over his career he’s recruited and developed elite running backs and athletes that had great college careers and advanced to the NFL. I’m excited about the opportunity to have Coach Mitchell join our staff.”
Mitchell, whose hire was first reported by Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans, has coached 33 players that have been taken in the NFL draft.
“I’m excited to be a Razorback and be a part of Coach Bielema’s program,” said Mitchell. “Arkansas is a special place with a ton of tradition, especially at the running back positon. I know there’s a talented group of running backs there and I can’t wait to get there a keep that tradition going.”
Considered an elite recruiter, Mitchell has coached running backs that entire time and also been the recruiting coordinator for the Jayhawks since 2013.
He was recently lauded by a couple of his former players in former Michigan State and current NFL wide receiver Charles Rogers and running back T.J. Duckett.
“He is a great recruiter and a great coach because he just relates better than most coaches,” Duckett said. “I always felt I could go and talk to him, and he really was a role model for me and the other players. The one thing I always knew is that I could lean on coach Mitchell for information and advice.”
Added Rogers: “Reggie is the type of coach you know will always be in your life. He recruited me to Michigan State and is one of the main reasons I feel East Lansing, Mich., is my second home.”
Mitchell would replace Jemal Singleton, who recently took a job with the Indianapolis Colts as their new running backs coach.
Hel is a native of Flint, Michigan and was a star running back himself for Central Michigan.
His coaching stints include Central Michigan (1984), Michigan (1985), Western Michigan (1986), Kent State (1987) before his first stint at Kansas (1988-96).
Mitchell then at Minnesota (1997-1998) before going to work for Saban at Michigan State (1999-2004) and then working at Illinois (2005-2009) before returning to Kansas, where he has worked under four different head coaches.
He has recruited the St. Louis area and North Texas for the Jayhawks.
Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation from Central Michigan in 1984. He has three children, son Kaeman and daughters Karena and Jennifer.