As a young high school football coach, Freddy Mitchell accepted Christ after watching a Billy Graham film about Johnny Cash. From that moment on, he vowed to use his career as way to impact young people with the Gospel.
Mitchell was a three-sport letter winner at Hampden-Sydney College where as a quarterback he was an honorable mention NCAA Division III All-American in 1962. His first coaching stop was at William Campbell High School in Brookneal, Va. From there, Mitchell spent time at Harrisonburg High School, York High School, Tabb High School and Middle School, and Grafton Middle School.
After retiring from teaching in 1991, Mitchell continued coaching and working as a volunteer with the Peninsula FCA Huddle. In 2001, he joined Christopher Newport University’s first-year football program as a volunteer assistant coach and team chaplain. He led weekly Bible studies and held a Friday night chapel service for the team. Mitchell served on the Hilton Head FCA Board from 2007-12. He has led FCA at Victory Christian in Lakeland, Florida, for several years and continues to volunteer with Delaware FCA during the summer camp season.