Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Successful coach hired as Randolph College director of riding

A well-known collegiate equestrian competition coach will take lead of the Randolph College riding program this summer.

The College has hired Chris Mitchell as the new director of riding. He looks forward to continuing his successful coaching career with the WildCats.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity that Randolph has presented,” said Mitchell. “It’s a great program, and has been for a long time.”

“We are thrilled to have someone of Coach Mitchell’s caliber to take our riding program to the next level,” said Tina Hill, director of athletics. “Coach Mitchell brings a wealth of successful experience and energy to Randolph. His passion for our students and his desire for them to succeed in the classroom and in the ring is contagious.”

Mitchell has a proven track record in coaching riders that has won him prominence in the intercollegiate competition field. For the past 13 years he led the equestrian program  at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. His teams claimed 27 collegiate horse show team crowns, including four Ivy League crowns. He coached one rider to a national championship, and had other riders place among the top 10 nationally.

He serves on the board of directors of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and the equestrian steering committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Mitchell replaces long time director JT Tallon, who won three Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) titles while at the helm of the Randolph Riding Center. Mitchell is the fourth Director of Riding at the College.

The Randolph College Riding Center sits on 100 acres of land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With two outdoor rings and an indoor arena, the riding program offers students the chance to learn riding in a beautiful setting through small classes taught by skilled coaches.