By DSU Sports Information
CLEVELAND – Delta State University director of athletics Jeremy McClain named David Midlick, a proven recruiter and NCAA Division I assistant coach, head coach of the Lady Statesmen basketball program on Monday, July 9. Midlick, a former three-year letterman and starter at guard for the Ole Miss Rebels, will be formerly introduced to the campus and community on Tuesday, July 10 at a 3 p.m. press conference at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House.
“Coach Midlick is a great fit for Delta State University,” McClain said. “He is an outstanding recruiter and understands what it takes to recruit in Mississippi. He will lead our program with great character and an unquestioned work ethic.”
The Memphis, Tenn., native brings nine years experience at the NCAA Division I level back to the Mississippi Delta. During his time with Tennessee State and Austin Peay State, Midlick established himself as a great evaluator of talent and once on campus the ability to develop student-athletes into successful players on and off the court.
Prior to coming to DSU, Midlick spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Austin Peay State University, where he served under head coach Carrie Daniels and the Lady Governors. Midlick was in charge of forwards and centers development, while assisting with recruiting, academic tracking, scheduling, compliance and game planning. Two of his signees in the 2011 APSU class were ranked nationally by ESPN.
Midlick spent four seasons at Tennessee State University prior to joining the Austin Peay coaching staff. While with the Lady Tigers, Midlick helped engineer a complete turnaround from winless squad to Ohio Valley Conference contender. As the program’s recruiting coordinator and director of post development, Midlick turned Tennessee State’s standout post players Obiageli Okafor, a first-team All-Ohio Valley conference selection in 2010, and Jasmine Smith, an OVC All-Newcomer team selection in 2009, into difference makers for the Lady Tigers.
Before taking on the challenge at Tennessee State, Midlick began his dream to be a collegiate coach as an assistant coach for the legendary Dave Loos at Austin Peay State. He served the Governors from 2003-2006 and honed the skills that have served him at every stop along the way. Under Loos’ leadership, Midlick was responsible for preparing scouting reports and video preparation, while assisting with the evaluation and recruitment of student-athletes.
Midlick was an established and successful physical therapist in Greenville, Miss., before embarking on the path to becoming a college head coach. He twice served as head boys basketball coach (1994-97, 1999-2003) at Washington School and also served as varsity girls coach from 1999-2002. In between his stints at Washington, he coached varsity boys and girls at Indianola Academy in Indianola. Miss.
During his time at Washington School, Midlick was named the Mississippi Independent Association of Schools North AAA Coach of the Year in 1996 and MAIS District I-AAA Coach of the Year in 1999.
Midlick enjoyed a strong playing career at the University of Mississippi under head coach Ed Murphy. During his time with the Rebels, Midlick played in 80 games with 33 starts at guard. In his three-year career, Midlick scored 459 points for an average of 5.8 points per game, while leading the Rebels in free throw percentage (83.7) all three seasons and three-point field goal percentage in 1989.
The Rebels were a National Invitational Tournament participant in 1989 and a Southeastern Conference Tournament finalist the following season. Midlick was a three-time Academic All-SEC selection (1989-91), a 1991 SEC Male Scholar-Athlete and a finalist for SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Midlick received his bachelor’s degree in biological science in 1991 from the University of Mississippi and followed that with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1994.
He is married to the former Leslie Biddle of Grenada, Miss., also a physical therapist. They have two sons, David Jr. and Will.