Coach Terri Mitchell, Is An Encourager On And Off The Basketball Court!

Terri Mitchell


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Terri Mitchell, a remarkable woman’s basketball coach for Marquette University, has long been an inspirational figure both on and off the court. What sets her apart is not just her exceptional coaching skills, but also her unwavering love for Jesus Christ and genuine passion for the game of basketball. Terri understands that while basketball may be a sport played with intensity and enjoyment, it pales in comparison to loving God and His people, which she believes is the true essence of life itself. Throughout her journey, Terri’s faith has served as an anchor in turbulent times, guiding her through challenges and empowering her to overcome obstacles with grace.

The spiritual light that radiates from within her has touched countless lives around her – players, colleagues, friends, even strangers who have had the privilege of crossing paths with this extraordinary woman. Terri Mitchell embodies what it means to be a great basketball coach as well as a devoted Christian; she seamlessly intertwines these two aspects of herself to make a profound impact on others’ lives both on and off the court. From mentoring young athletes to leading various groups towards personal growth and positivity through shared experiences with sportsmanship at their core – Terri continually showcases how dedication knows no boundaries when it comes to uplifting others. She exemplifies leadership by actively passing not only the ball during games but also invaluable wisdom, encouragement, and kindness throughout every interaction she partakes in. ~ Bill Greguska

1 Timothy 4:8  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the future.







There Is More To Terri Mitchell Than Just Basketball!


Terri Mitchell! Basketball Coach And Christian!

Terri Mitchell Great On And Off The Court!

Terri Mitchell has given 100% on and off the basketball court! 

I initially met and heard Terri Mitchell speak at Rhea Briscoe’s Bible study. I realized right away that she and I have two critical things in common. First is our mutual love for Jesus Christ, and second of all, a passion for the game of basketball. Terri was Marquette’s women’s basketball head coach for 18 years. She was very successful on and off the court. Not only did Terri teach the game of basketball to the women. She also instilled confidence in her players to be all they could be.

Terri Mitchell Knows Basketball And The Lord!

She has been on a basketball court as a player or coach since she was nine. So, where else would she feel most comfortable? “Besides relationships, which are number one, I say what the two areas are? My faith life — my faith in Christ and basketball, so I want to give back.  As I look forward to March and what doors I hope will open in the basketball world, I want to give back,” Mitchell said. That means traveling to Africa with “Soles for Jesus,” speaking in the Milwaukee community, and doing prison ministry.


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Terri’s Confidence In God!

Mitchell believes that her interaction with each player leads to success on and off the court. Her vision for each player in her program is to enter as girls but leave as well-rounded, confident young women.  “Do I love coaching? Yeah. The ball goes up — the butterflies in the stomach. Terri Mitchell had a 348-215 record and 15 postseason appearances in her 18 seasons as Marquette coach. Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports “I would like to thank Father Wild, Bill Cords, and the University for allowing me to be a part of the Marquette community for the past 23 years,” Mitchell said in a statement. “In my 18 years as head coach, I have been privileged to work with amazing coaches and staff.


Terri’s Faithful Service!

She has touched many lives through her faith, compassion for others, and commitment to service. For example, in May 2006, Mitchell took a mission trip to Rwanda, where she spent 16 days in an impoverished African country.

In November of 2011, Mitchell coached barefoot in support of Soles for Jesus. He helped to build awareness for the non-profit organization that provides new and gently used shoes to people in impoverished areas in Africa. In addition to her coaching duties, Mitchell is active in the community and is heavily involved with charitable events. She is an avid speaker on campus, at local schools, basketball clinics, and nonprofit organizations, and is actively involved in prison ministry.



Terri Mitchell Is A Blessing!

Through her speaking engagements, Mitchell incorporates the program’s five principles and encourages her audiences to dream, believe, and live in the now. Mitchell believes in giving back to her profession and the community by serving on several Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) committees, the State Farm Wade Trophy Committee, the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund Board of Directors, and many other service-oriented organizations. Service is a significant part of Mitchell’s land and her team’s lives.

The Golden Eagles are involved in many service projects throughout the year, including Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, the American Heart Association, the WBCA’s Pink Zone initiative, school speaking engagements, and basketball clinics.

She was written by Journal Sentinel staff with some editing by Bill Greguska.  For details on past coaching clinics of Terri Mitchell at Mount Mary University.



Terri Mitchell Speaks About The Importance Of Balance!


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Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:

2 Timothy 2:5 ESV 

An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Isaiah 40:29-31 ESV 

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might, he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted, but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

1 Timothy 4:7 ESV 

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

Proverbs 27:17 ESV 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Psalm 62:2 ESV 

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV 

Do you not know that in a race, all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

Psalm 60:12 ESV 

With God, we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV 

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Colossians 3:17 ESV 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Philippians 4:13 ESV 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.



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