Jeff Mitchem enters his third season as the diving coach for the Rams in 2019-20.
Mitchem is starting off the season with the largest diving team in the history of the program. This season also begins with the inauguration of a new 3-meter diving board with thanks to Alumni and fundraisers for this new equipment.
In 2018-19, Mitchem coached Katy Evans, who qualified for the NCAA Zone A Qualifier Diving Meet, finishing 58th in a field of 64 in the 1 Meter event. Evans also made B Finals on both boards at the Atlantic 10 Championship, finishing 11th on 1-Meter and 15th on 3-Meter. Mitchem's divers contributed to a historic regular season finish of 9-2, the best mark in program history. Mitchem also started a youth and masters competitive diving club team to introduce the sport of diving to the local community.
In 2017-2018, Mitchem helped the diving team scored points at the Atlantic 10 Championship, as Katy Evans placed 16th on both boards in B Finals. Mitchem also helped URI's Campus Recreation create a diving lessons program.
Prior to URI, Mitchem worked with Utah Dive Club out of Salt Lake City and Windy City Diving out of Chicago. He also spent one season as head diving coach at St. Ignatius College
Prep (Chicago, IL) and had three divers qualify for the Illinois State High School Championships, the highest of which placed sixth.
Mitchem spent two years living abroad in Taiwan as a high school teacher and coach, where he won three conference championships as a volleyball coach in the Southern China International Schools Athletic Conference.
A native of Arlington Heights, Ill., Mitchem was an athlete for the University of Minnesota Swimming and Diving team until a shoulder injury ended his diving career and led him to
teaching and coaching. Mitchem graduated from Minnesota in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. In 2013, Mitchem earned a Master of Education in Social Studies, also from the University of Minnesota.