USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced today that Atlanta Public Schools Assistant Athletic Director Kandice Pritchett Mitchell, a member of the gold medal-winning 2017 U.S. Women’s National Football Team, has joined its board of directors. Mitchell was named to the board by a vote of U.S. Women’s National Team alumni and formally appointed to it during a USA Football board meeting on December 4.
The USA Football Board of Directors is comprised of leaders in education, medicine, sports administration and coaching and includes former U.S. National Team athletes. Board members help USA Football establish important standards for the betterment of the sport and those who play it on high school, youth and other amateur levels.
Mitchell currently serves as the assistant director of athletics for Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team that won gold at the 2017 Women’s World Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, she studied at the University of Texas and competed as a Lady Longhorn on the school’s National Championship-winning women’s track and field team. Mitchell completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Georgia State University.
“The leadership and insight of our board inspires our office to establish significant football firsts, benefitting athletes of all ages across tackle, flag and touch,” USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck said. “We are pleased to have Kandice strengthen our board through her knowledge, experience and expertise.”
Mitchell is a longtime educator and coach in Atlanta-area high schools and middle schools. In her current role with Atlanta Public Schools, she facilitates the daily operations of football and 13 other sports district-wide (23 middle and high schools) and Region 6AA. Mitchell is one of only three women who serve on the board of governors for the Touchdown Club of Atlanta and the National Football Foundation. Mitchell replaces fellow U.S. Women’s National Team alumna Molly Goodwin on USA Football’s board of directors.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me to advance the world’s greatest team sport, which inspires so many life-enriching experiences,” Mitchell said. “Football has been a saving grace for me and so many others who play and coach this game. I look forward to working with a group of leaders who embody the spirit of this game and who embrace the global brotherhood and sisterhood that USA Football represents.”
USA Football educates more high school and youth coaches combined than any organization in the United States. As the only U.S. Olympic Committee member dedicated solely to football, the organization designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs for coaches, athletes and administrators.
USA Football Board of Directors
|Gen. Raymond T. Odierno (RET), Chairman
Bobby E. Abrams Jr., Montgomery (Ala.) Jefferson Davis High School
Dawn Aponte, National Football League
Todd Berry, American Football Coaches Association
Matt Birk, American Youth Football
Tom Cove, Sports & Fitness Industry Association
Woodie Dixon, Pac-12 Conference
Bob Gardner, National Federation of State H.S Assns.
Brad Garrett, Oregon School Activities Association
Roger Goodell*, National Football League
Cody Hawkins, U.S. Men’s National Team (2011)
Leroy Hollins II, Louisiana Youth Football
Oliver Luck, NCAA
Mark Meana, Fairfax County (Va.) Youth Football League
Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers
Elizabeth Okey, U.S. Women’s National Team (2013)
Kandice Pritchett Mitchell, U.S. Women’s National Team (2017)
Brad Smithey, U.S. Men’s National Team (2015)
Michael Strickland, Atlantic Coast Conference
*Ex officio member