WHO WE ARE

Don Mitchell
President & Founder

Phone: (480) 329-5649
Email: don@collegesoftballadvisors.com
Twitter: @softballadvice
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Don has extensive knowledge and experience in collegiate and professional sports spanning more than 30 years. His experience includes serving as college head coach and VP of Athletics/Athletic Director, college and professional player, Major League Baseball Director of Scouting, and Certified MLB Agent.

Don was asked in January 2011 to become the Vice President of Athletics at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, Arizona. Don oversaw the recruitment of student athletes for ACU’s athletic programs. In a period of three years, under Don’s direction, ACU Athletics went from 8 sports to 15, including the addition of Women’s Softball, and joined the Golden State Athletic Conference. This year, the ACU softball team finished 2nd in the GSAC, 19th in the NAIA, had 5 players on the GSAC All-Conference team, and were awarded GSAC Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, and Coach of the Year after only four seasons of existence.

Don’s 14-year scouting career in Major League Baseball began with the Cincinnati Reds in 1986. After serving as a National Scouting Supervisor with the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Atlanta Braves, it was in 1995 that the Arizona Diamondbacks began their franchise and hired Don as their first Director of Scouting.

In 1999, Don left the Diamondbacks organization to become the Founder and President of Global Athletes Asset Management and Endorsement Services (GAAMES), an athlete representation firm. During a 9-year period, with GAAMES, Don advised high school families in player contract negotiations, which included $6 million in college scholarship plans.

Don is currently the President and Founder of College Softball Advisors, providing personal advice to athletes to promote themselves to college programs. Over the last three decades, Don has established a great reputation within the national softball community. He has cultivated personal relationships with hundreds of college coaches. His honesty and integrity coupled with his experience in player evaluation make him uniquely qualified to match high school and junior college players with a college program that is beneficial to both the student athlete and the college involved.

Mike Orchard
National Advisor

Phone: (407) 489-7509
Email: mike@collegesoftballadvisors.com
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Mike has more than 16 years of coaching and recruiting experience most notably as the Recruiting Coordinator and Pitching Coach at Central Arizona College (2009-2014), an annual Top 10 nationally ranked contender in the NJCCA. During Mike’s 6 years at Central Arizona, 24 pitchers went on to pitch at a 4-year level, including 15 at the NCAA Division 1 level, as well as 12 pitchers drafted in the Major League draft. Along with coaching experience in the prestigious summer Cape Cod League, Mike was named to the All Decade Team as Manager of Mankato in the Northwoods Summer Collegiate League. During his 6 years (2009-2014) as Manager, Mankato won Divisional titles 4 times and more than 100 of his players to date have gone on to play professional baseball. Having established himself as an experienced player evaluator, Mike also currently serves as an Associate Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks assisting with player evaluations.

Allison Mendibles
Regional Softball Advisor
Allison Mendibles

Phone: (928) 713-0502
Email: allison@collegesoftballadvisors.com
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Allison has over 22 years of coaching and recruiting experience most notably as the varsity coach at Prescott High School (2008-2015). During Allison’s eight years there, her teams qualified for state all but one year, won one Division Title, and one Region Title. During her tenure at Prescott High School, seven players went on to play at the collegiate level. Along with coaching at the high school level Allison has coached numerous travel teams in Arizona (Prescott and Phoenix area) and Louisiana. Her travel teams made five national appearances and won 3 state titles. In addition to coaching she organized fastpitch clinics for the area youth in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Allison’s playing background is very extensive. She experienced many successes in travel ball, which included numerous championships and national tournaments. In high school she was a four-year letterman, receiving All-District and All-State honors all four years, along with winning a state championship her junior year.

Allison went on to play for the University of Louisiana, Lafayette on a softball scholarship. In her four years as a Ragin’ Cajun, her team won four Southland Conference Titles and appeared in one NIT tournament. She was the starting first baseman and was selected All-Louisiana, All-Conference and All-Region first team. Following her freshman year, her team embarked on an exhibition tour to Amsterdam to play against the Holland National and provide clinics to the youth of Holland in the game of fast pitch softball. Following her collegiate career she continued to play in women’s fast pitch softball tournaments. In 2007 her team finished 3rd in ASA Nationals, and she received an All-American selection.