Chris Mitchell enters his 19th year in the sports information office at Washington University in St. Louis, and fourth as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications. Mitchell served as the assistant sports information director from 2001-03 and sports information director from 2003-15 prior to his promotion.
Mitchell is responsible for all strategic communications for WashU's 19 athletic programs, including directing all media, public relations and social networking efforts. In addition to managing the department's official website (WashUBears.com), he oversees all video coverage and serves as the primary contact for football, men's and women's soccer, men's basketball, softball and men's and women's tennis.
Mitchell helped introduce four social media outlets for the Bears, including WashU's presence on both Twitter (Twitter.com/WASHUBears), Facebook (Facebook.com/WASHUBears) and Instagram (Instragram.com/WASHUBears), as well as the YouTube channel. In 2008, he debuted the WashU Sports Network, which includes live video via Stretch Internet for all WashU home games, and in 2019 began a partnership with Scoreshots to expand the WashU brand and reach with graphics.
Mitchell has been a member of the CoSIDA Goodwill and Wellness Committee since 2009, and is in his fourth year as chair. He was named the 2018 Warren Berg Award winner, presented annually to a CoSIDA college member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of college athletic communications, and who, by his activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession.
Mitchell served as the Media coordinator for the 2007 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships and the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship, and assisted with media relations efforts for the 17th Annual College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships.
He also has assisted the University with other projects, such as Steve Fossett's 2001 Balloon Flight, 2004 Women's Olympic Marathon Trials, 2004 Olympic Torch Relay, 2004 Presidential Debate, and the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate.
Mitchell also had a stint as a Staff Assistant in the Duke University Sports Information office in 2000-01. Mitchell was the primary contact for women's soccer, field hockey, cross-country, swimming and diving, fencing and track and field.
A native of Granite City, Ill., he graduated from McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. in 1999 with a degree in speech communication. While at McKendree, Mitchell served as a student assistant for one year and then returned as the Assistant SID the following year.
He was also a four-year captain of the McKendree men's tennis team and was a three-time NAIA Midwest Regional Champion. Mitchell helped lead the Bearcats to the NAIA Midwest Regional Championship and its first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament in 1999.
He earned his master's degree in in athletic administration from William Woods University in 2008.
Mitchell is a member of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and National Association of DIII Athletic Administrators. He served as the local organizing chair for the 2012 CoSIDA Convention in St. Louis.
Mitchell spent two seasons as a voting member on the D3soccer.com Top-25 Poll and All-America selection committee, and enters his fifth year on the USBWA Division III Men's and Women's Basketball National Player of the Week Awards Committee and third year on the D3hoops.com Women's Basketball Top-25 Poll. He was the D3SIDA Board Region 4 Rep for two years, and is a current voting member for the Google Cloud Academic All-America Teams.
Mitchell also served as chair of the Membership Services Committee from 2007-09, and was on the 2009 Bob Cousy Award Division III Sub-Committee and the 2008-09 Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four Public Relations Committee. He also serves on three Sports Hall of Fame Committees, including chair of McKendree University and Washington University Sports Hall of Fame.
He is married to Mary Ann Mitchell, Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations the University of Missouri-St. Louis. They reside in Granite City, Ill.
Updated June 1, 2019