Whether it’s his football team, his assistant coaches or a sports guy from the newspaper with a he’s-way-too-young-for-that receding hairline, he expects you to exude confidence.
His 2014 Beeville Trojans are a reflection of that.
Despite a win-less 2013 campaign, the Trojans enter Friday’s season opener overflowing with confidence.
“Everything we do in our program basically is to create confidence,” Mitchell said. “It’s hard to be successful in athletics, period ... if you’re not confident in your abilities.
“Being confident in your abilities, I think, is the first step in being successful in athletics.”
That confidence will get put to the test when the Kingsville Brahmas visit.
The Brahmas went 9-3 a year ago, winning a district title and advancing to the area playoffs.
They have a new coach – Teddy Carrier, who was the defensive coordinator in 2013 – and just 11 starters returning, though.
It’s almost too fitting to say that Mitchell is confident his team can beat Kingsville.
“I’m confident in that,” the second-year Trojan coach said. “I’m confident in these kids.
“I’ve seen them work. I know how committed they’ve been. And that pays off. It’s going to pay off in this game.”
Kingsville will do a myriad of different things on the offensive side, according to Mitchell.
“They’re pretty multiple. They run a lot of one-back stuff, they’re about 50-50 run-pass. They’re going to do fly sweep stuff,” Mitchell said. “They’ve got a talented, good, big running back. I think the quarterback is still learning some. They’ve got a couple of good receivers, and a big tight end.
“So they’ve got tools in that offense.”
Defense was Kingsville’s bread-and-butter in 2013 and figures to be that again this year.
“Their defense is physical. Their front guys are big and strong; they’ve got two good linebackers, who are physical,” said Mitchell. “We know where they’re going to be and what they’re going to do on defense, but they do it pretty good, so we’re going to have to execute well.”
Mitchell, though, doesn’t spend much of his time thinking about the Brahmas.
Friday will come down to, Mitchell says, whether or not his team takes care of its own business.
“Our philosophy overall is that everybody’s got a role and everybody’s got a job to do,” he said. “ When everybody does their job, we’re going to be successful.”
Kevin J. Keller is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5223, or at sports@mySouTex.com, or follow him on Twitter, @beepicsports.