Timothy Mitchell was named as Harvard's head coach of the men's and women's alpine skiing teams in an announcement made on July 7, 2006. The Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Alpine) is the longest tenured skiing head coach in Harvard history and became the first coach to be at the helm for double-digit seasons as he now enters his 11th year in 2016-17.
Mitchell played a key role in producing Harvard's first NCAA skiing champion in Rebecca Nadler '14, who took home the title in 2012 as a sophomore in Bozeman, Mont. Nadler was a four-time All-American for the Crimson in both the slalom and GS events.
No stranger to collegiate coaching or the Ivy League, Mitchell brought nine years of coaching experience and 17 years of racing experience with him to Harvard, as well as familiarity with the Crimson team. In December, 2006, Mitchell served as the program's Training Camp Coach on its trip to Copper Mountain (Colo.). He also spent the 2004-2005 season as an assistant on the Brown University team.
Mitchell has been the Alpine Race Coach for the National Alpine Ski Camp at Mt. Hood (Ore.) where he has served in that capacity since 1998. Last season, Mitchell coupled that job with an appointment as the Head Elite-Level Alpine Race Coach for the Brighton Competition Team in Brighton, Utah. His travels have also brought him to the University of Utah, where he completed a masters degree in exercise physiology and conducting a thesis on pre-season condition.
A 2002 graduate of Plymouth State University (N.H.), Mitchell was a five-time USCA All-America selection and a two-time MacConnell Division overall champion. He logged 16 competitive victories during his stay at PSU and was the Eastern Region combined champion in the slalom and giant slalom. During his junior and senior campaigns, Mitchell went on to finish in the top five nationally at the USCSA national Championships, finishing as the top American-born skier both times.