Coach Zeke Mitchem has been an integral part of the Matador Baseball machine over the last three seasons as an assistant coach. As 2020 marks his fourth year in Yuma, Mitchem’s responsibilities have included coordinating the offense and developing position players as well as recruitment.
Mitchem has helped lead the Mats to consecutive 40+ win seasons and back-to-back Region I titles. In 2018, third baseman Sean Roby was named the ACCAC Player of the Year before being drafted in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants. 2019 saw three position players from Arizona Western drafted including the first Matador off the board in the 12th round, Zach Hufins. Mitchem’s three seasons at AWC have seen the most successful period of Matador Baseball, averaging over 40 wins in that timeframe.
Prior to AWC, he spent nine seasons as the lead assistant at Georgia College. He served as the recruiting coordinator and the director of positional player instruction and development. He also handled the offensive philosophy and game-day management on the way to several record-breaking seasons. He helped the program average 35 wins per season over his nine years while making an NCAA World Series appearance in 2010 and winning the Peach Belt Conference Tournament for the first two times in program history (2013 and 2015). The team made nine straight trips to the Peach Belt Conference tournament and five trips to the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament. Under Mitchem's direction, the offense averaged more than eight runs per game, hit better than .315, slugged more than .475 and stole more than 100 bases per season. In 2014, he helped the team lead the NCAA in scoring (9.4 runs per game). He also helped the team post its five best seasons defensively in school history while consistently ranking at the top of the Peach Belt Conference.
More than 40 of his former players have signed professional contracts in his 18 year career. Before Georgia College, he coached overseas in the German Bundesliga (pro league) for three seasons as well as working in the South Australia Baseball League. Mitchem has worked with Major League Baseball as an Envoy in Costa Rica, and he has managed three different summer league teams. He started his coaching career at Henderson State University before moving up to the NCAA Division I level at Drexel University as the recruiting coordinator and defensive coach. While at Drexel, his teams continually broke the school record for fielding percentage. He then moved to Marshall University in West Virginia and helped the team tie the school record for most wins in a season. As a player, he played at Brown Mackie College before transferring to Tri-State University.