Women's assistant leaving the bench

UNCW press release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW assistant women's basketball coach Jalie Mitchell, the career scoring leader and former assistant coach at North Texas, is returning to her alma mater as an assistant on newly-hired Head Coach Karen Aston's staff.

Mitchell returns to Denton after one season in the Port City with the Seahawks, serving on CAA Coach-of-the-Year Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's first staff. Prior to her time at UNCW, Mitchell spent two seasons as an assistant at North Texas with former Mean Green coach Shanice Stephens, working with the program's guards and helping turn the Mean Green backcourt into a solid two-way attack as she mentored a trio of double-digit scorers, including All-Sun Belt Conference selection Brittney James.

With the Seahawks, Mitchell played a key role in the development of CAA Rookie-of-the-Year Alisha Andrews and sophomore guard Jessica Freeman, who overcame ACL reconstruction in the offseason to play in all 33 games. Mitchell also helped the squad achieve unprecedented success, recording a school-record 24 victories and advancing to the second round of the Postseason WNIT in the school's first post-season appearance.

"We are sad to have Jalie leave us, but I am happy that she is getting a chance to return to her alma mater and work with Coach Aston and her staff," said Cooper-Dyke. "I personally want to thank Jalie on behalf of the program for all her hard work this season in helping the team and our players reach new heights. Jalie has a bright future ahead of her in the coaching ranks and we wish her all the best in her new position."

Mitchell finished her playing career as the Mean Green's all-time leading scorer with 1,764 points and was an all-conference selection in each of her four years at North Texas, leading the squad to 77 wins and back-to-back appearances in the Postseason WNIT.

The 2002 Sun Belt Conference Player-of-the-Year, Mitchell still ranks first in school history in free throws made and attempted and also ranks in the top 10 in 10 other statistical categories. She was inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and is one of just two players to have her number retired. She is the only women's basketball player in school history to win a Player of the Year award and the only four-time all-conference player at North Texas. She graduated from North Texas with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance in 2002.

Mitchell and Aston will have a chance to work together for the first time. Aston recruited Mitchell to North Texas during her two-year stint as an assistant coach before leaving to take a position on Naismith Memorial Hall-of-Famer Jody Conradt's staff at Texas prior to the start of Mitchell's freshman season.

Aston took over the Mean Green program on April 12 after a four-year run at UNC Charlotte, where she led the 49ers to record-breaking heights, winning 86 games in four seasons, including a school-record 27 wins in 2010-11. Aston led Charlotte to four-straight post season appearances and the 2009 Atlantic-10 Tournament title for the school's second NCAA Tournament apperance in school history.