Colts add ex-player Mike Mitchell to coaching staff

The Indianapolis Colts continue to round out the defensive coaching staff, hiring another former player in Mike Mitchell.

The Indianapolis Colts recently hired Cato June as an assistant linebackers coach for Indy. June played four seasons with Indy from 2003 to 2006.

Now, Indianapolis has added another former Colts to the defensive coaching staff, hiring former NFL defensive back, Michael Mitchellas an assistant secondary coach.

Mitchell played one season with Indianapolis in 2018 before deciding to retire.

Mike Mitchell returns to Colts as coach

Mitchell only played his final season with Indy, but he had a long career in the NFL. He was drafted out of Ohio by the Raiders in 2009.

Mitchell played four seasons with the Raiders, then joined the Carolina Panthers for one season in 2013. He eventually progressed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, starting four seasons as a free safety from 2014 to 2017.

He then joined the Colts and played his final season in the NFL. In his 10 seasons, he played in 145 games, recording 514 tackles, 11 interceptions, nine forced fumbles and 7.5 sacks.

The assistant defensive backs coaching job with Indianapolis is Mitchell’s first coaching opportunity since retiring. He will work with Colts defensive backs coach Ron Milus.

Mitchell joins a talented team under Gus Bradley and will have the chance to coach a talented group of defensive backs.

Indy’s high school is full of young talent like Kenny Moore, Julian Blackmon, Rock Ya-Sin and Isaiah Rodgers. All are relatively early in their careers and continue to develop their potential and Mitchell will be able to use his experience to help them get there.

It’s also a great first destination in Mitchell’s coaching career. If he aspires to climb the ladder, he is surrounded by a quality staff and is part of a team on the way to success.