Todd Lickliter named Miami University men's basketball assistant coach

Todd Lickliter (Source: University of Iowa)
Todd Lickliter (Source: University of Iowa)

OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Todd Lickliter will join the Miami University men's basketball staff as an assistant coach, Miami Head Coach Charlie Coles announced Tuesday. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2011.

Lickliter brings a wealth of experience to the RedHawk program having served as a head coach at the Division I level for nine seasons, six at Butler (2001-07) and then three at Iowa (2007-10). He has amassed a 169-116 record as a head coach and was tabbed the 2007 NABC Coach of the Year. He also served two stints as an assistant coach at Butler (1988-89 and 1999-2001) and a stint as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan (1997-99).

"Todd is a long-time colleague in the profession and friend whose coaching skills and ability to teach the game I've valued and respected for many years," said Coles. "When the position opened up, I called Todd not sure what his interest would be, and he said he was interested in joining our staff. I believe this is a great addition to the nucleus of coaches we have and only enhances the existing strength of our staff."

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Miami University staff and to work with Charlie Coles. I've always had tremendous respect for Miami University and its rich tradition," said Lickliter. "In addition to being a long-time friend, I think Charlie Coles' reputation, his abilities and his character are of the highest magnitude. There is not another coach for whom I'd rather work. Over the years, I've enjoyed a good working relationship with Jermaine (Henderson) and Jason (Grunkemeyer) and have been very impressed by them both. There are so many positives, so this was a very easy decision for me. I'm thankful for the opportunity and I'm looking forward to being a part of the Miami community."

Lickliter replaces Jimmy Lallathin, who took an assistant coaching position at Kennesaw State, and joins a veteran staff that includes Associate Head Coach Jermaine Henderson—who has been a coach at Miami since 1998 after a four-year playing career with the Red and White and has served in his current post for six seasons—and Assistant Coach Jason Grunkemeyer, who has worked at the collegiate level since playing for and graduating from Miami in 2001 and has served on the RedHawk staff for four seasons.

"We have a lot of basketball knowledge on our staff—with Jermaine and Jason and now Todd, in many ways it's kind of an all-star staff—and I'm excited to work with these three coaches as we prepare our team for an exciting 2011-12 season," remarked Coles.

Miami's staff of Coles, Henderson, Grunkemeyer and Lickliter boasts 64 years of collegiate coaching experience and a combined 95 years of coaching experience at all levels. Additionally, Coles, Henderson and Grunkemeyer combine for 45 years experience directly at Miami as players and coaches.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Lickliter prepped at North Central High School under his father, Arlan. He began his college career at UNC Wilmington before transferring to Central Florida Community College. He played one season at Central Florida Community College, earning his associate's degree in 1977, before transferring to Butler where he played his final two collegiate seasons. Lickliter earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Butler in 1979.

His first post was at Park Tudor High School, were he served as head coach from 1979-87. He then spent a year at Danville Community High School before his first stint as an assistant coach at Butler under his former head coach, Joe Sexson. He then returned to Danville Community High School for three years. In 1996, Lickliter returned to the collegiate ranks as an administrative assistant under Barry Collier. The following year he joined the Eastern Michigan staff under Milton Barnes, before returning to Butler in 1999 where he served as an assistant again under Collier and then for one year under Thad Matta.

Lickliter succeeded Matta as head coach at his alma mater in 2001 and led the Bulldogs to three Horizon League titles, a Preseason NIT Championship in 2006, two NIT appearances and two NCAA Sweet 16 runs. In April 2007, he was announced as the 21st head men's basketball coach in Iowa history.

Lickliter and his wife, Joez, have three sons: Ry, Garret and John.

The RedHawks are coming off the program's 25th postseason berth with a CBI appearance in 2010-11 and return eight letterwinners, including four starters, from a season ago. Miami also returns its top scorer, rebounder and assist man in First-Team All-MAC selection Julian Mavunga.