David Midlick, who has coached on both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels, has been hired to lead the women’s basketball team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
He is a former women’s head basketball coach at Austin Peay State University and Delta State University. His most recent coaching job was at Southeast Missouri State University.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Midlick as the new head coach for the UAM women’s basketball program,” UAM Chancellor Dr. Peggy Doss in a news release this week. “His leadership style, coaching and recruiting ability, and commitment to excellence on and off the court make him a perfect fit to lead a strong and competitive program.”
In 2019-2020, Midlick led the Austin Peay Governors to 18 regular season wins. The Governors broke the Austin Peay single-season team three-point record twice and buried a program record 267 three pointers.
Prior to leading Austin Peay, Midlick was associate head coach at the University of Memphis and the head women’s basketball coach at Delta State University. He led the Lady Statesmen to consecutive Gulf South Conference regular season championships and two NCAA Division II South Region appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance.
He was an assistant coach at Tennessee State from 2006 through 2010 when he coached posts and forwards while performing scouting, recruiting, eligibility, admission, and scheduling duties. At Tennessee State, Midlick helped engineer a turnaround for the program, helping the Tigers go from a win-less squad to conference contenders.
Midlick was also a standout collegiate basketball player and a former physical therapist.
He played at Ole Miss from 1988 through 1991. In 1989, he led the Rebels in free-throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Ole Miss in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1994. Before beginning his coaching career, he was a physical therapist.
“David brings a ton of experience as a player and a coach,” said UAM Athletic Director Hud Jackson. “He has been a part of and has led several programs to championship levels. We feel like we have hired an outstanding coach but more importantly, an outstanding person. He is a family man that looks at his teams as part of his own. He will bring an attitude of hard work on the court and off. He will demand that his players represent our University in a positive light. David is great fit for UAM and a great fit for our Athletic Department family.”
Midlick and his wife, Leslie, have two boys, Will and David Jr.
“I want to thank Dr. Doss, Coach Jackson, and the search committee for this opportunity and with trusting me with the UAM WBB program,” said Midlick. “I want our fans to be proud of the team in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. I am looking forward to this journey with a great group of student athletes.”