Following a successful college and professional playing career, Scott Mitchell joined Liberty's football coaching staff in August 2017 as an offensive graduate assistant. During the 2018 season, Mitchell's graduate assistant duties will have him focusing on the Flames' offensive line.
In 2017, Liberty's offense flourished under quarterback Stephen Calvert, who set single-season program records in passing yards (3,363) and touchdowns (29).
If Liberty was eligible for the NCAA FCS statistics rankings in 2017, the Flames would have ranked No. 9 in the country in passing offense (309.9 yards per game), No. 12 in total offense (449.2 yards per game) and No. 23 in scoring offense (32.5 points per game).
Prior to joining Liberty's staff, Mitchell spent three months working as a football strength and conditioning intern at Alabama from May to July 2017. In this role, he also assisted with offensive line drills for the Nick Saban Football Camp.
Mitchell also worked as a defensive line coach during the winter and spring of 2017 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
Mitchell played five seasons in the Canadian Football League after being selected as the No. 2 overall draft pick in the 2011 CFL Draft. Mitchell played three seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos (2011-13) and two seasons with the Toronto Argonauts (2014-15).
During his professional playing career, Mitchell also spent time working at the Ottawa Gridiron Academy (2011-17) and as an assistant football coach at St. Mark Catholic High School (2010-16) in Manotick, Ontario.
Mitchell graduated from Rice in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management. He made 38 consecutive career starts for the Owls before a foot injury brought his collegiate playing career to an end during his senior season.
The native of Ottawa, Ontario, was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 2007 and was a C-USA all-conference second-team offensive line selection in 2009. Leading into his senior season at Rice, Mitchell was named to the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award preseason watch list, given annually to the top collegiate lineman (offense or defense) or linebacker.
Mitchell graduated from St. Mark Catholic High School in 2007. He earned All-City and All-Region honors during his senior year on both offense and defense. He helped the Lions finish the year with a perfect 11-0 record, guiding the team to an Ottawa Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Bowl victory.
Mitchell started at defensive tackle for Canada at the NFL Global Junior Football Championships, held as part of Super Bowl XLI, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Canada won the gold medal, defeating the team from the United States. He also played basketball and rugby in high school, as well as hockey at the club level.