Olivia Mitchell

Olivia Mitchell, a 2016 Notre Dame graduate, has been promoted to Notre Dame's director of football operations.

Notre Dame has hired 2016 graduate Olivia Mitchell as its new director of football operations.

Mitchell worked as Notre Dame’s assistant director of football operations last year under former director of football operations Jason Michelson, who left head coach Brian Kelly’s program following the 2019 season. Mitchell is the eighth woman actively working as a director of football operations for a Power Five program.

Mitchell isn’t the first woman to serve as Notre Dame’s director of football operations. Erica Genise held the title from 2002-04 under former head coach Tyrone Willingham.

"I’m beyond thankful to coach Kelly and Notre Dame football for this opportunity,” Mitchell said in a statement provided to the Tribune. “We have an amazing support staff here, and I’m humbled to be a part of a group that works hard each and every day to help fulfill our mission to graduate champions.”

As Notre Dame’s director of football operations, Mitchell will supervise and coordinate many of the program’s administrative and operational details, including team travel, preseason camp arrangements, the annual coaches clinic and summer camps. She will report to Ron Powlus, Notre Dame’s associate athletic director for football.

Mitchell has been involved with the Irish football program since her freshman year as an ND student. In four years, she worked her way up to senior recruiting assistant. Mitchell, who also was a cheerleader for the Irish, interned with sports agency Athletes First and the Chicago Bears as an undergraduate.

Upon graduating in 2016 with a degree in marketing, Mitchell took a job as a team operations intern for the College Football Playoff. She returned to Notre Dame in 2017 as a football operations intern before being promoted to coordinator of football operations.

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(32) comments

camerdf

Evidently it's not an important position.

JackMBA

It makes about as much sense as Kelly appointing Notre Dame positions coaches such as Autry Denson who did ZERO recruiting. Todd Light accomplished nothing either. This hire is worse and another ND grad

pgarver

You are just as bad, if not worse than camerdf!! I don't even know how either of you call yourselves Notre Dame fans!! Go be negative somewhere else!

JackMBA

Why don't you take your trashy liberal ideas somewhere else? Notre Dame fans want candidates that are not politically correct but have the best qualifications unlike you

pgarver

Are you a racist, a feminist or just a plain jerk???

JackMBA

Are you another Mayor Pete?

camerdf

It's funny how many jerks immediately toss out the race card or the feminist card, etc. People like you wish to feel superior to others, I guess, by denigrating those whose opinion differs from yours. I said nothing having to do with race or sex, you obviously are the one with issues.

JackMBA

Canerdf, You hit the nail on the head. These people want staff like Auty Denson that are total incompetents

Doc Savage72

Neither was your comment

GoND93

Why would you say this? Because she's young, because she's a female or because she is black? What is wrong with you that you would want to take away the excitement of her promotion. She obviously has worked hard and done well to be promoted at a young age. Her experience shows her track record and she is one of 5 women in power 5 to have this role. Support, don't degrade or keep your comments to yourself.

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pgarver

Go troll somewhere else! You and your negative comments are not wanted here!

camerdf

What experience? She is still wet behind the ears. And stop with the foolishness about "one of 5 women...". Everybody wants to be the first woman, the 3rd Lithuanian, one of a select few, etc. Those are meaningless stats to answer trivia questions. How did I degrade? If you run a top-notch organization you recruit the best people to serve in every position. Maybe she is the best, but the position can't be important to give it to a young, inexperienced person. As I look at it again, it appears to be less important than the title would imply. Hey,i wish her the best.

JackMBA

Canerdf, Hiring this woman is a disaster so don't try to placate these nasty liberals

IRISHproud

Ms. Mitchell seems more than qualified. On top of that shes already part of the Irish Family. Congratulations Olivia and wish you much success!

JackMBA

I can't believe that someone this ugly was a Notre Dame cheerleader. No wonder ND loses every big game

NDTodd98

Unbelievable what our fans will gripe about. Best of luck to this nice young lady!

herby

“Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks.”

JackMBA

Herby, She stinks just like you

herby

LOL.....I love it!! Actually, you are absolutely correct, Jack. I haven't had my shower yet, so am a little bit stinky. Are you really an MBA......I'm impressed.

JackMBA

My ranked MBA program would never let either you or this woman graduate from my school.

jlightno1

If you ever can stomach ready any of Jack MBA (Major Bigot and @$$hole) you can understand his posting, but come on people it is not playing football against GIANTS; read the duties of her position! A well educated person can complete those task and with her background she is more than qualified. Let's not get so righteous we all who we represent here. GO ND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JackMBA

jlight, you're total TRASH

JackMBA

jlight, Watch that grammar and prose because we can't have ignorance prevail and this woman has zero qualifications

jlightno1

Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. I guess Jack can't read either

JackMBA

All you Obama supporters are the real racists wanting to import thugs from blank hole countries

JackMBA

jlight, The students they threw out of my MBA school are brighter than you

herby

Jack......boy, you're up late. Hope this appointment of Ms.Mitchell isn't causing you to lose sleep, particularly when looked at in context of our world, our country, our churches. Anyway, this comments section on Ms. Mitchell is the first thing I turn to after reading the local news and obits. Why...because it gives me my first laugh of the day. You are such a hoot!! And by the way, I am a triple Domer, including an MSA. I'll check back later....please keep responding. You're funny.

JackMBA

Thanks, Herby. Only my school would NEVER let Olivia through when I was there because of academic integrity.

herby

Jack....just out of curiosity I went to Twitter, snd sure enough there was a Jack MBA. You're in Paris? Wow....envious. Was also deeply impressed by your re-tweets of the Dalai Lama: " Peace in the world depends on peace within. If we have that we can approach problems in a spirit of compassion, dialogue and respect for the rights of others—always a better solution than resorting to a use of weapons and force. External disarmament depends on inner disarmament."

JackMBA

Herby, I have no idea about what you are talking about but I believe in the Holy Bible, NKJV. I am on Linkedin

NYCND

Yes, obviously not this JackMBA!

jlightno1

You go Jack, keep on proving that book smarts are not all what they are built up to be. Try looking at the people as individuals and what they have done with their lives . YOU GO GIRL and all that are out there being persecuted for being different, even like your Donald. I surely want to go to KANSAS to see the Chiefs play at home.

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