Orlando Mitjans, Jr., is in his second season with the Army football program and serves as cornerbacks coach.
During his first season at Army West Point, Mitjans tutored a unit that collected seven interceptions.
Among those players coached by Mitjans, was Josh Jenkins who was selected to three postseason all-star teams following a tremendous sophomore season that included a team-best four intercepts and eight pass breakups. Jenkins was second on the team with 64 tackles and also collected four tackles for losses.
Mitjans also mentored Chris Carnegie who made three interceptions, one of which he returned for a 99-yard touchdown to seal the win against Connecticut at Yankee Stadium. Carnegie was fourth on the team with 54 tackles and registered seven breakups.
Prior to arriving at West Point, Mitjans spent four seasons at Georgia Southern University where he was charged with coaching the cornerbacks. A veteran mentor, Mitjans helped mold Laron Scott into a two-time All-America choice and All-Southern Conference selection. Scott was a free agent signee of the New Orleans Saints after concluding his career at Georgia Southern. He also helped Lavelle Westbrook to second team all-conference honors and an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
A member of the coaching staff that advanced to three consecutive national semifinals, Mitjans helped Georgia Southern rank second in the Football Championship Subdivision and 11th in the nation in 2010 in pass defense.
Prior to his tenure at Georgia Southern, Mitjans was the secondary coach at Tennessee State University, his second stop with the Tigers. In 2009, Tennessee State led the Ohio Valley Conference in pass defense and was second in total defense. Among the players Mitjans mentored was Dominick Rodgers-Cromartie, a member of the New York Giants' secondary.
Mitjans spent one season at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., as co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach after spending spring ball as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Florida A&M University.
He served as secondary coach at Eastern Kentucky University where he helped produce an All-America selection and five all-conference players during his stop from March of 2006 to February of 2008, including Antwaun Molden, who participated in the Senior Bowl and was invited to the NFL Combine. Molden played for the Texans for three seasons and with the Patriots and Jaguars. In 2007, the secondary intercepted 24 passes and was the top-ranked pass defense in the conference. Three of the starters in the secondary were named all-conference, led by Derrick Huff, the league's defensive player of the year and a first-team All-America choice.
The assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Tennessee State in 2005, Mitjans helped the Tigers lead the conference in pass defense and total defense.
Before Tennessee State, Mitjans coached running backs and then the secondary at Towson University. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2004. Towson led the league with 21 interceptions in 2003, four of which were returned for touchdowns. Mitjans worked with both running back Jason Corle and safety Madieu Williams, both of whom competed in the Senior Bowl and were invited to the NFL Combine.
Mitjans was the secondary coach at Kent State University in 1994 and at C.W. Post University in 1996 before moving to Morgan State University to coach the secondary in 1997. At Morgan State, the defense forced 28 takeaways and five players were all-conference choices. A season later, he was promoted to defensive coordinator.
Mitjans began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Northeastern University and was hired full-time at Cheyney University where he was responsible for the secondary and special teams.
Selected to participate in the NFL's minority internship program, Mitjans had the opportunity to work with secondary coaches and players from NFL teams in Kansas City (2001), St. Louis (1999, 2000) and New York Jets (1994). In 2006, he was chosen as one of 20 coaches nationwide to attend the NCAA Expert Coaching Academy to prepare individuals for head coaching roles.
During his career, Mitjans has mentored eight players who have competed in the NFL.
A safety for coach Lou Holtz at Arkansas University from 1978-80, Mitjans transferred to Northeastern and played two seasons for the Huskies. He earned his degree in 1982 from Northeastern in leadership.
Mitjans and his wife, Claire, reside at West Point.