Mitchell VanSumeren has served as a student assistant coach for both the football and lacrosse programs for two seasons. He is a student at Stetson University studying sports business. He plans to graduate in 2015 and pursue coaching as a full-time job.
VanSumeren is a native of Flushing, Michigan, and graduated from Flushing High School in 2010. While attending Flushing High School, he was actively involved with the football team, student leadership organization, city youth council and the Mid-Michigan Rural Football League programs.
Much of his previous coaching experiences are in football. He was a head coach in the Mid-Michigan Rural Football League for the Flushing Raiders for two seasons (2009-10). During that time he compiled a 12-0 record and was the youngest coach in league history to win a championship.
“Mitch demonstrates intelligence, maturity and leadership qualities beyond his years when interacting not only with the young players he works with, but also the parents as well as league officials,” Tim Wilson, president of the Mid-Michigan League, said.
“He has always been a capable and responsible person who has the ability to think quickly on his feet with reasonable and sensible actions when dealing with the wide range of personalities of this program.”
After arriving in DeLand in 2011, VanSumeren accepted a job with St. Barnabas Episcopal School as an assistant football coach. The Crusaders went 8-0 and went on to win the Athens Athletic Conference title.
In addition to his duties with the Stetson football and lacrosse programs, VanSumeren also works in the Stetson equipment room.