BALTIMORE - Coppin State released head men's basketball coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell, the school announced Friday .
“We thank Coach Mitchell for the time and service he dedicated to Coppin State,” Director of Athletics Derrick Ramsey said. “The University decided to move in a different direction with our basketball program. We appreciate his service and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Over 28 seasons, Mitchell recored a school-record 429 victories. He was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coach of the year six times, the release states.
He led the Eagles to 10 MEAC regular season titles in the 90s, four NCAA tournament appearances and 11 straight winning seasons from 1988 to 2000. The high point for Mitchell came in 1997 when 15th-seeded Coppin State upset second-seeded South Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Mitchell last led Coppin to the NCAA tournament in 2008 when the Eagles lost to Mount St. Mary's in the play-in game. However, the Eagles struggled in recent season, including during the 2013-14 campaign when they went 7-9 in conference and 12-21 overall. The Eagles reached the semifinals of the MEAC tournament after upsetting No. 2 seed Hampton. The team dropped out to Morgan State, 79-64