Wife of Coppin coach dies of heart failure

Yvonne Mitchell was 56

services Monday in N.J.


January 11, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The Coppin State basketball community was saddened yesterday by the death of Yvonne Mitchell, the wife of longtime basketball coach and athletic director Fang Mitchell.

Yvonne Mitchell, 56, was hospitalized Wednesday night after suffering chest pains. Doctors determined she suffered an aneurysm of the aorta, which led to heart failure shortly after midnight.

She had just dropped off a set of car keys for her husband at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coppin State, one hour before she went to the hospital. Coppin had practiced late Wednesday afternoon.

She was an avid basketball fan but seldom watched the Eagles play, even if she accompanied her husband on road trips or if she went to the Coppin Center. "I just can't stand to watch them play. I get too nervous," she had often said.

Approximately four years ago, Mitchell purchased his wife's dream house in Reisterstown and he said, "If Yvonne's happy, I'm happy."

Funeral services for Yvonne Mitchell will be held Monday in her hometown of Deptford, N.J.

The Eagles were scheduled to play UMES on Monday night at the Coppin Center, but that game has been postponed.

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