James I. "Buck" Mitchell was a walk-on player, who earned a four-year scholarship under the leadership of coach Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines. Mitchell went on to be a four-year letterman, named Defensive Player of the Year as well, as being an All-CIAA performer.
Mitchell was a 1984 graduate with a bachelor's degree in Business and Information System, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Mitchell is an owner of One Man Maintenance Home Improvements. He served as loan officer at Baldwin Mortgage from 2009-10, Mitchell was also a CEVA logistics account representative from 2009-11.