Al Mitchell had a brief, three-year amateur boxing career starting in 1960. Before he retired, he was 43-1 in the bantamweight class. He trained at the same gym with boxers, such as Joe Frazier, Al Massey, and Gypsy Joe Harris in North Philadelphia, Pa. At age 17, Mitchell dropped his gloves and pulled up a stool to start coaching at both the amateur and professional levels.
In 1989, Mitchell took the head coaching position at the U.S. Olympic Education Center. During Mitchell's years at the USOEC, he has trained nine Olympians, over 200 National Champions and has led numerous boxers into a professional boxing career.
Mitchell served as the 1996 Olympic Team’s head coach and the 2004 Olympic Team’s technical adviser. Olympians he's trained at the USOEC include 1996 gold medalist and world professional boxer David Reid, five-time world professional champion Vernon Forrest, Brian Viloria, and Jermain Taylor.
Source: U.S. Olympic Education Center Bio.