Olympic medalist Michele Mitchell to lead Mission Viejo Nadadores Foundation
Michèle Mitchell, a double Olympic medalist, has been appointed Executive Director of the Mission Viejo Nadadores Foundation, he was announced last week.
Mitchell’s position oversees the Nadadores swimming and diving programs. She will take up her post in January 2022. Mitchell has followed her career as an exceptional athlete with a master’s degree in sports administration and a doctorate. in Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona.
Mitchell was hired as the Nadadores’ head diving coach in 2017. She led the team to their first national team diving title in 18 years and increased their membership by 300%. She also helped Mission Viejo organize the 2018 United States Diving Grand Prix, as well as various invitations, regional meetings and AAU Western Nationals.
“I am honored to have been chosen as executive director of the Nadadores,” Mitchell said in a press release. “Since the grand reopening in 2018, the program has regained the importance it once had in swimming and diving. I want to continue the legacy of the Nadadores as a premier organization in Mission Viejo, while engaging the thousands of alumni and citizens, all of whom have fond memories of this place. I invite the world to return to Mission Viejo. It is a unique relationship between a city that understands the value of water sports and a club with a long and successful history. I am delighted to continue the work to move us forward towards 2028. ”
Mission Viejo has long been one of the best clubs in the country, but it is undergoing a seismic change. Iconic coach Marc Schubert, a long-time staff member of the United States swimming teams for international competitions, announced that he was retiring from the team. Schubert led the club’s rise to power from the 1970s.
Mitchell was an exceptional diver and is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. After a remarkable career at the University of Arizona as a quadruple All-American, she won silver medals in the 10-meter platform event at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. Phoenix also won gold at the 1987 Pan Am Games. She was nominated for the 1986 Sullivan Award and has been named USOC Athlete of the Year four times.
Mitchell returned to Arizona as a diving head coach for 17 seasons. She also worked for five years in the sports department there. His other professional activities include as a television commentator for diving and as a former chairman of the board of USA Diving.
“After an exhaustive search for the right leader to lead the Nadadores to LA2028, we realized that our new leader was with us! ” said Andy Titus, the chairman of the board of directors. “We are delighted to welcome him in this new role. She is loved and approved by our community and a former Nadadore herself. She has a strong business acumen for swimming and diving and has forged a close relationship with the town of Mission Viejo. She is a strong leader with a long history in the aquatic field.