Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 12, 2014

School board honors memory of teacher and coach Bill Mitchell

WELCH — The Tazewell County School Board recognized one of their most beloved teachers, coach and friend, the late William Thomas “Bill” Mitchell at the regular session school board Meeting on Monday.

The school board, while signing a resolution in honor of Mitchell, also designated Dec. 18 “Bill Mitchell Day” in all Tazewell County Schools. That day was chosen because on Dec. 18, 1992, Mitchell won his 100th game.

In attendance for the school board honor was Mitchell’s wife Tami and daughter Katelyn, as well as his parents Irma and Les Mitchell and brothers Jeff and Howie.

Mitchell’s career in the Tazewell County school system spanned three decades, with 25 years at Tazewell Middle School. Mitchell also taught students at Abb’s Valley-Boissevain Elementary, Pocahontas High School and North Tazewell Elementary.

“We want to recognize Bill Mitchell and his dedication to TCPS and his teaching career that spanned three decades,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Christine Kinser. Kinser presented the resolution and the naming of Dec. 18 to the board.

Board members expressed their gratitude and respect of the service given by Mitchell to the students of Tazewell County.

Mitchell was known throughout the halls to many of his students simply as “Coach.” His coaching career spanned as many years as his teaching legacy.

He was the football coach at Pocahontas High School, he coached girls’ and boys’ basketball at Tazewell High School and Tazewell Middle School, as well as track and field at Tazewell High School.

Mitchell took great pride in the successes of his athletes on and off the field of play. He was fond of saying, “While winning and losing were important, the relationships built from a coaching career mattered the most.”

Many of Mitchell’s players were offered college scholarships in athletics. Four players were 1,000-career-point athletes at THS in girls basketball, and in 2005-2006 Tazewell High School sent its first girls basketball team to the state finals tournament.

The resolution read: “Be It Resolved, that we cannot replace William Thomas ‘Bill’ Mitchell, but we will attempt to improve our lives and live our lives as demonstrated by Bill’s great example.”

Mitchell passed away on Jan. 2. Mitchell was a Tazewell native and graduated from Tazewell High School in 1979. The resolution will be displayed at Tazewell Middle School.

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