Brian Mitchell

  • Brian
  • Mitchell

  • Cornerbacks Coach
The Mitchell File
Experience: 22nd season, 1st at Virginia Tech
Hometown: Waco, Texas
High School: Waco (1987)
College: BYU (1995)
Playing Exp: BYU (1987-90); Atlanta Falcons (1991-93)
Family: Wife – Carri; Son – Brian, Daughters – Halie and Mikenzi
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Coaching History
YearSchoolPosition
2016Virginia TechCornerbacks
2013-15West VirginiaCornerbacks
2010-2012East CarolinaDefensive Coordinator/Secondary
2006-09Texas TechCornerbacks
1995-05BYUCornerbacks


Bowl Games Coached (13)
2016West VirginiaCactus
2015West VirginiaLiberty
2012East CarolinaNew Orleans
2010East CarolinaMilitary
2009Texas TechAlamo
2008Texas TechCotton
2007Texas TechGator
2006Texas TechInsight
2005BYULas Vegas
2001BYULiberty
1999BYUMotor City
1998BYULiberty
1996BYUCotton


Bowl Games Played (4)
1990BYUHoliday
1989BYUHoliday
1988BYUFreedom
1987BYUAll-American

Coaching Highlights

  • Veteran coach and former NFL player enters his first season with Virginia Tech as cornerbacks coach.
  • Comes to Blacksburg after spending the past three seasons in a similar capacity at West Virginia.
  • Served as defense coordinator and secondary coach for Ruffin McNeill at East Carolina from 2010-12 after working with McNeill on the defensive staff at Texas Tech.
  • During his distinguished coaching career, has been a member of staffs that have won five conference titles and made 13 bowl appearances.
  • Ten of his defensive backs have gone on to sign professional contracts.
  • In 2015, WVU’s defense led all Power Five schools by forcing 23 interceptions and ranked second with 31 total takeaways. Mitchell’s cornerbacks accounted for 11 of those INTs, finishing the year with 28 pass breakups. The Mountaineers finished the year with a +9 turnover margin (31 takes/22 gives) to rank 15th among FBS squads.
  • Daryl Worley tied for third among Power Five players with six interceptions and was eighth among FBS performers with 12 passes defended.
  • The Mountaineers also finished eighth among FBS squads in highest percentage of opponent three downs and out in 2011, while ranking No. 11 among Power Five squads in third-down defense (31.7%).
  • In 2014, WVU’s defense was eighth among Power Five teams in third-down defense (31.4%) and were No. 15 among FBS squads in terms of forcing three-and-outs. The Mountaineers also ranked No. 18 among Power Five teams in opposing passer efficiency (116.2).
  • In 2013, WVU’s defense was No. 4 among FBS squads with 16 fumbles recovered and ranked 14th among Power Five squads with 28 turnovers forced.
  • In 2012, East Carolina tied UCF for first place in the Eastern Division of Conference USA with a 7-1 league record and made its second bowl appearance in three years with Mitchell serving as defensive coordinator and secondary coach.
  • Spearheaded the installation of a 3-4 scheme in 2011, an alignment that produced immediate results and earned ECU a reputation as one of most improved units nationally as the Pirates allowed 947 total net yards and 185 fewer points than the previous season.
  • Tutored cornerback Emanuel Davis to back-to-back All-Conference USA selections and developed Damon Magazu into a ball-hawking free safety who led the team with four interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 2011.
  • Accompanied McNeill to East Carolina after a four-season stint at Texas Tech.
  • Jamar Wall led the secondary with 62 tackles and two interceptions in 2008 and earned All-Big 12 honors in 2009 after ranking second nationally with 17 passes defended.
  • The Red Raiders pass defense led the Big 12 Conference in net passing yards in both 2006 and 2007. In 2007, Texas Tech limited foes to 188.4 ypg in that department, a figure that ranked 13th among FBS squads.
  • Worked on the staff of legendary coach LaVell Edwards at BYU after a stellar playing career for the Cougars.
  • Helped guide the team to five bowl appearances and a No. 5 national ranking following a 14-1 campaign in 1996, as well as back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships.
  • While at BYU, he also served as the faculty advisor to the Black Student Union from 1995-02.

Prominent Pupils

CB Emanuel Davis - FA-2012 – Cleveland
2015 CFL All-Star for Hamilton with five INTs and three TDs

CB Brian Gray - FA-2000 – Cincinnati
Also spent time in camp with Detroit and Seattle

CB Tim McTyer - FA-1997 – Philadelphia
Played in 28 NFL games for Eagles and Browns

CB Omarr Morgan - FA-1999 – Saskatchewan
Three-time CFL All-Star (2002-03, 2005)

CB Jamar Wall - D6-2010 – Dallas
Tied for CFL lead with six INTs and won Grey Cup with Calgary in 2014

CB Daryl Worley - D3-2016 – Carolina
Two-time All-Big 12 selection with 10 INTs in three seasons

Playing Highlights

  • A seventh-round draft choice of Atlanta in the 1991 NFL Draft, played in 36 games over three seasons for the Falcons.
  • All-WAC cornerback who played in four bowls and ran the opening leg of BYU’s All-America 400M relay team.
  • Still holds the school record for the longest interception return, a 97-yard effort against New Mexico in 1989.
  • His 13 career interceptions stand fifth in the school’s record book, while his five picks in 1989 were a season high.