On the court, Coach Sturm's basketball travel teams achieved success winning multiple state and national championships. At the high school level, Mitch has amassed a 108-38 record that includes 2 Indiana State Championships, 4 SAC Conference Tournament Championships, 4 SAC Conference Titles, and an .825 tournament winning percentage in just 8 seasons. In 2009, Mitch was chosen as the head coach of the Indiana All Stars in the Indiana-Ohio Border Wars Classic. Mitch's biggest strength is his ability to reach out, and lead, children to heights that they had previously not been able to achieve. His "Back to School" program helped drop outs achieve their GED and his free Collegiate Exposure Camps have led to over 220 scholarship offers being made to participating players. He has worked training NBA players, he also serves annually as a tryout instructor for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA's developmental league and Mitch has worked for professional sports agents training their clients. His coaching style is built on teaching fundamentals, building basketball IQ and paying attention to the small details. Because of this, a great majority of his high school and youth players have gone on to play at the collegiate level, and his players have become NBA All-Stars, College All-Americans, McDonald's All-Americans, and Mr. Basketball Award winners.
After graduating from Ball State University in 1986 with a degree in Business Management, Mitch ran the family business, MVP Sporting Goods, Inc. for 22 years. At this time, he founded the MVP Youth Basketball program, the MVP Tip-Off Classic, and other charitable activities. In 2000 he became the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Grant County. During this time, he saw a need to provide additional quality programs and activities for area youth. Mitch founded and directed multiple character building, academic and athletic programs which are still in place today. Together, against all odds, he and Mike Scott were able to plan, design, build, and complete one of the nicest multi-million dollar youth facilities in the State of Indiana.