Class of 1978
Edward Mitchell attended Lyons High School from 1974 to 1978. While there, he participated and excelled in football, wrestling and track. He was one of the top rushing fullbacks in school history, breaking touchdown and rushing records. He won three straight Section V wrestling titles and also set a school record shot put distance.
After high school Edward embarked on a 20 year career in the United States Army. While in the military he became a three time wrestling champion at Ft. Rucker Ala., and while stationed in Germany, he played semi-pro football for the USAF Ramstein Rams. He was named Offensive Player of the Year in 1989, and won two all-star selections and championships. He was a member of the All-Army wrestling team from 1987 until 1998. He received many accolades, including being a participant in the 1992 Olympic trials. He placed 6th in 1993 in the U.S. Greco-Roman Nationals, and in 1996 was the East Regional Olympic Qualifier Champion in Greco-Roman.
Not only was Edward an athlete in the World Class Athlete Program, he was also a coach and mentor to peers and young adults. In coaching, Edward propelled fellow soldiers on their journeys, including a teammate attending the 2008 Olympics. He held many clinics for youth groups and various high schools, introducing them to wrestling, discipline skills and sportsmanship needed to be successful in both the sport and life.
Mitchell’s career has not just been in athletics. He served his country well in Dessert Storm from 1989 to 1991. He went to Somalia from 1992 to 1993 in an effort to bring humanitarian relief, and in 1993 helped bring relief to Hurricane Andrew victims at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida.
He is now serving in Kuwait as a civilian contractor. Edward ended his military career well decorated. After 20 years of service, he retired in Georgia with his wife Karen Mitchell of 29 years. He has four wonderful children and five precious grandchildren who are very proud to call him a father and Papa.