Mitchell McPartland was hired as full-time assistant coach for the Maroon volleyball team in March 2019. He begins his second year on staff in the 2020 season.
The historic 2019 season featured numerous program firsts for the Maroons. UChicago was ranked No. 1 in the national coaches poll during the regular season, set a new school record for winning percentage (.875), won 23 matches in-a-row and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship. Three Maroons were named All-Americans - setter Emma Griffith (1st Team), middle hitter Madison Pearson (Third Team) and outside hitter Anne Marie Stifter (H.M.). UChicago ranked highly in the nation in kills per set (9th), digs per set (12th) and assists per set (13th).
UChicago was honored as 2019 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year after the Maroons posted a perfect 7-0 Round Robin record and runner-up finish in the UAA Championship.
McPartland worked the 2018 season as a volunteer assistant women's volleyball coach at University of South Florida. USF finished with 20 wins and earned its first postseason appearance in 17 years. His primary position groups were the defensive specialists and outside hitters. McPartland's other NCAA Division I experience came at Drake University in the 2016 season as an assistant coach. He worked heavily with serve receive and defense, helping the team rank 10th nationally with 17.67 digs per set.
He also spent over five years as a club volleyball head coach at St. Pete Volleyball Club (Florida), Iowa Power Volleyball and All Iowa Attack Volleyball Club.
As an undergraduate, McPartland was a four-year starter on the men's volleyball team at Grand View University. He was picked as the NAIA North Division Libero of the Year in 2014, and also excelled in the classroom with three Academic All-Conference honors. During that time, the Vikings finished in third place twice and runner-up once at the NAIA National Invitational Tournament.
McPartland graduated from Grand View with a bachelor's degree in health promotion. He also spent one season as head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at his alma mater.