David Midlick is a Physical Therapist and a Rebels Coach
Coach David Midlick is an experienced physical therapist and college coach for nine years at University of Arkansas Monticello, seeking to build upon recent successes.
Midlick began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Austin Peay State University from 2003 to 2006. Since then he has held associate head coach and head coaching roles at Memphis as well as at Delta State State.
Early Life and Education
Midlick was a native of Memphis who self-described himself as an avid basketball enthusiast who thrived under Ed Murphy, one of Memphis’ legendary Rebel coaches. As such, he received three letters under him as well as participating in the NIT tournament that year. Midlick earned both a bachelor of science in biology as well as being certified physical therapist by trade. Coach Robert Jones has found great satisfaction in leading Mississippi’s finest student-athletes to victory on the field. His impressive tenure includes serving as an assistant coach at Jackson State, Ole Miss and Austin Peay Universities. Darrell holds numerous accolades, such as Dixie Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and GAC Coach of the Year awards. However, his greatest joy comes from sharing his experiences with Dixie State University students.
Midlick hails from Memphis and was Ole Miss’s leading three-point shooter while also becoming an accomplished physical therapist before turning his talents to coaching.
Midlick amassed an outstanding 90-77 record during his six seasons at Washington High School in Greenville, Mississippi as the head coach, earning two North AAA Coach of the Year honors for boys’ program and one since 1991 for girls.
Midlick has led Austin Peay women’s basketball to five consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Tournament appearances – an unprecedented streak. Additionally, 2019 marked his team’s most successful campaign yet: nine wins prior to New Years Day and 18 regular season victories; all record highs for any Austin Peay program ever!
Achievement and Honors
Midlick was honored to coach some of Mississippi’s finest high school basketball players during his nine seasons coaching prep basketball in Mississippi, before serving as assistant coach at Tennessee State, helping the Tigers achieve one of their most successful turnarounds ever; among his duties included recruiting, video preparation and scouting among many others.
Midlick was instrumental in leading his program to win two NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournaments – 2009 and 2011 respectively. He oversaw its largest win total since more than 50 years. Over his coaching tenure he produced many memorable players like Tiasha Gray and Tearra Banks; moreover in the last five years alone Midlick has overseen three first team All-OVC selections as well as one All-Newcomer award winner from 2020 OVC competition.
Midlick hails from Memphis and attended Christian Brothers High School before continuing on to Ole Miss, where he earned three-year letterman status under Ed Murphy and helped the Rebels make an NIT appearance in 1989.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Mississippi before becoming an acclaimed physical therapist in Greenville, Mississippi.
In 2003, he made his coaching debut as a volunteer assistant with Austin Peay’s men’s basketball program under legendary coach Dave Loos. Working on scouting reports and video preparation, as well as recruiting assistance and player evaluations.
In his first season as head coach at Delta State, Coach Thomas led his Lady Statesmen to an 18-win regular season and Gulf South Conference regular season crown, with two Lady Statesmen earning all-conference recognition; Chelsey Rhodes being honored with Freshman of the Year honors.