Head Coach David Midlick

 

A familiar face once again will grace the sidelines for Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team as David Midlick was named the 10th head coach in program history, April 22, 2015.

Midlick returns to APSU after serving one season as associate head coach at Memphis, where he worked with the post players, recruited a seven-state area and served as the team’s academic, strength and conditioning and training room liaison.

Under Midlick’s tutelage, the Tigers post players improved their collective field-goal percentage in 2014-15 and Memphis saw its opponent scoring average decrease by more than five points per contest.

Fans of Austin Peay will know Midlick’s name from his longtime association with Govs and Lady Govs basketball. Midlick got his college coaching start as a volunteer assistant for Austin Peay’s men’s basketball team in 2003, holding that position through 2006 during an era that saw the Govs finish unbeaten in Ohio Valley Conference play in 2003-04 and advance to two conference tournament championship games (2004 and 2006) and one National Invitational Tournament appearance in 2004.

The Ole Miss alum returned in 2010 as an assistant coach for Austin Peay’s women’s team. In his two years, the Lady Govs qualified for back-to-back OVC Tournaments, with Midlick helping oversee an eight-point decrease in opponent’s scoring average between his first and second seasons. Jasmine Rayner, a member of Austin Peay’s 1000-point club, enjoyed her finest season (10.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game) during Midlick’s first year as an assistant for the Lady Govs.

Before his stint in Memphis, Midlick served two seasons as head coach at Delta State University, guiding the Lady Statesmen to consecutive Gulf South Conference regular-season championships and two NCAA Division II South Region appearances, including a Sweet 16 berth.  

Despite returning just one starter in his first season at the Delta State helm, Midlick led the squad to a 21-10 record and an NCAA South Region finalist appearance, with Chelsey Rhodes earning GSC Freshman of the Year honors and Seneca Walton and Rhandi Ball earning second-team all-conference honors.

A year later, Midlick’s charges posted a 24-6 mark and advanced to the GSC Tournament final, falling 67-59 to West Florida. During the 2013-14 regular season, Delta State climbed as high as No. 9 in the USA Today / WBCA National Poll, with Walton eventually earning GSC Player of the Year; Rhodes also was tabbed as a first-team all-conference selection.

The hallmark of Midlick’s most successful teams has been defense, which that 2013-14 Lady Statesmen squad certainly displayed. That season, Delta State led NCAA Division II in field-goal percentage defense (33.5 percent) and points allowed per game (53.3 ppg).

Midlick is no stranger to the OVC. In addition to his previous time at Austin Peay, Midlick’s first full-time coaching position came at Tennessee State, where served as an assistant for four seasons (2006-10). Midlick wore many hats during his time with the Tigers, coaching both posts and forwards, in addition to scouting, recruiting, scheduling and admission and eligibility tracking duties.

While at Tennessee State, Midlick helped engineer a turnaround for the program, helping the Tigers go from a winless squad to OVC contenders. He helped Obiageli Okafor to 2010 first team All-OVC honors and Jasmine Smith was named to the OVC All-Newcomer team in 2009.

Midlick began his career in the high school ranks, coaching boys and girls basketball at various points in his prep career in Mississippi. He entered the coaching ranks at Washington High School in 1994-95 and took a boys’ program that won just six games in two seasons before his arrival and compiled a 90-77 record in his six seasons at the helm. He also guided the girls’ team to its first winning season since 1991 during a three-year stint leading that program. 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. In between stints at Washington High, he led Indianola Academy to a district 1-AA championship.

In addition to his exemplary high school coaching career in Mississippi, Midlick was a highly successful physical therapist. He left that field to pursue his college coaching dreams on a volunteer basis at Austin Peay, a move that has paid off as his career has unfolded.

As a player, Midlick was three-year letter winner under Ed Murphy from 1988-91. The Rebels played in the NIT in 1989 – with Midlick leading the team in free-throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage – and were Southeastern Conference tournament finalists in 1990.

Midlick is married to the former Leslie Biddle; the couple have two sons, David Jr. and Will.