Bobby Mitchell's interim tag has been lifted and the longtime Okanagan basketball coach is the fourth head coach of the UBC Okanagan women's basketball team since the university resumed competition in intercollegiate sports in 1990 effective March 1, 2019.
After five years as an assistant, Mitchell assumed the title of interim head coach for the Heat women’s basketball team for the 2018/19 season.
For three seasons Bobby was the lead assistant with the women’s team beginning in 2015 after two seasons as an assistant.
An extremely successful coach at the high school level Bobby was the head coach of the senior girls' team at Vernon Secondary from 2003-2012 with an amazing 9 straight AA Provincial championship appearances, highlighted by a Silver medal in 2012 and Bronze medal in 2008, his teams would never finish outside top 8.
At the valley level coach Mitchell, captured three Valley Championship pennants for Vernon Secondary in 2008, 2011, and 2012.
He has also worked extremely hard over the last few years developing club basketball in the Okanagan, and has coached in the Junior Heat program as the head coach for the U17 team since 2012. With all this experience coaching local basketball Bobby will add some background and familiarity to some of the players for UBC Okanagan, as he has worked with Emily Kanester, Haylie Gibb, and Olivia Johnson, to name a few over the past few years.
Bobby's connection with the Junior Heat basketball program has allowed the Heat to sign and keep the best prospects in the Valley. Over a half-dozen players front the Junior Heat ranks have suited up for the varsity squad.
Prior to coaching the Junior Heat Bobby coached other Okanagan Clubs since 2008.
Bobby has 2 boys and a girl.