During the late spring and early summer, staffing changes were made to APSU athletics, promotion of Derek van der Merwe to Vice President of Advancement, Communication and Initiative Strategies and the announcement of Ryan Ivey as the new athletic director.

Women’s Basketball

Head Coach Carrie Daniels’ contract was not renewed by APSU Athletics after the 2014-2015 season.

David Midlick was named the 10th head coach for the women’s basketball team as her replacement.  Midlick also has ties APSU.

Midlick’s assistants include Tessah Holt and Kayla Oxenrider.

Holt’s collegiate career includes playing at the University of Florida, Boston College and the University of West Florida, where she received her master’s degree.

Oxenrider spent one season as the assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at St. Francis University.


Long-time coach Gary McClure resigned after his arrest for allegedly patronizing prostitution. Derrick Dunbar was named as the interim head coach.  The process of hiring a permanent head coach is still underway.

Men’s Basketball

Assistant basketball coach Bubba Wells left APSU in May.

Wells is an assistant coach at Southern Illinois University at Evansville, an Ohio Valley Conference contender.

Assistant coach Corey Gipson left in July and took a position as assistant coach at Missouri State University.

Their replacements are Jay Bowen and Julian Terrell.

Bowen, a familiar APSU face, coached in multiple states.

Terrell was a Vanderbilt basketball star player with offers from other Division I schools such as the University of Tennessee, the University of Connecticut, the University of Alabama and the University of Kentucky.



Head Coach Stephanie Parris stepped down to pursue a career in the private industry.

Assistant Coach Shane Showalter stepped up to replace Parris.  Showalter assisted with recruiting and coaching hitters, pitchers, catchers and infielders.