A.H.S. Hall of Fame
Mitchell Anthony Mula
(AHS 1986 - 1990)
Mitchell Anthony Mula, a 1990 graduate of Abbeville High School, was born in Abbeville on February 12, 1972. The fourth child of J. Y. and Elaine Mula, Mitchell has two brothers, Mark and Jared, and two sisters, Stacie and Jennifer. He is married to the former Candace Austin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and they are the proud parents of two children, Roman, age six, and Sierra, age three.
At the age of seven, Mitchell began playing organized sports in various Abbeville youth leagues. As a participant in minor league baseball and later in Senior Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball, he was selected to several all-star teams. He played in the outfield on the 1989 Senior Babe Ruth State Championship Team. In Biddy Basketball, Mitchell participated in three World Tournaments and in 1983 was selected to the Biddy All-American Team.
As a student at J. H. Williams Middle School, Mitchell participated in football, basketball and track. And at the annual Academic Awards Program, he received the academic/athletic award in both seventh and eighth grade.
During his high school years, Mitchell received many honors in sports, academics, and in student activities. He earned twelve letters playing in three sports: football, basketball and baseball. He made the All-District First Team four times, three times in basketball and once in baseball.
In his senior year, Mitchell was named to the Composite All-State Academic/Athletic Football Team. During his career, Mitchell played quarterback and passed for 2,587 yards and sixteen touchdowns. In his final season, he served as team captain and received the Most Valuable Player Award. He was also honored in 1990 as an outstanding scholar/athlete by Citizens for Public Education ((CPED).
Mitchell excelled in basketball as a point guard. During his freshman year at Abbeville High School, he first made the starting lineup and finished his high school career with a 10.1 scoring average, with 7.2 assists and 5.2 steals per game while shooting 72% from the free throw line. He won the Most Valuable Player Award twice and was also team captain. He was also co-recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award at the 1988 Vermilion Catholic Yuletide Tournament and made the All-Vermilion Parish team twice. He was chosen All-District First Team in his sophomore, junior and senior years.
In baseball, Mitchell played in the outfield and was team captain in his senior season during which he had a .381 batting average and was a First Team All-District selection.
Very active in school activities, Mitchell was a three-year participant in the school’s Academic Awards Program and as a senior attended Pelican Boys State. He won the U. S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award in 1989-90, served as a class reporter and was selected Commissioner of Elections at the annual Parish Government Day Program. His popularity among his fellow students was evidenced by his being voted Class Favorite all four years and Mr. Abbeville High School in his senior year.
After graduation from Abbeville High, Mitchell signed a basketball scholarship with Northwestern University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Mitchell received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University’s College of Allied Science in Physical Therapy in 1996. He is co-owner of Health Quest Physical Therapy, LLC and Innovative Care, LLC in Prairieville and Baton Rouge respectively. Mitchell also serves as a member of the board of directors for the non-profit organizations Patient Services Incorporated, and Italy for Christ.In response to his being chosen for induction in Abbeville High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Mitchell says, “I am humbled to be chosen. I will always be appreciative for the many positive lessons learned from my teachers, coaches, and teammates. I want to give special thanks to my parents and to my brothers and sisters for their love and encouragement during those special years.”
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