THADDEUS PERRY | ASSISTANT COACH
Perry joined the Midland coaching staff in the 2015-16 season. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, he graduated from Rockford Jefferson High School before beginning his collegiate basketball career.
Perry began his college career playing NCJAA Division 1 basketball at Williston State College for two years. As a freshman, he helped lead the team to 25-7 record conference and region championship. As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Williston State went 24-9 en route to another region title.
Perry went on to attend Bellevue University as a junior where the Bruins won a conference championship and advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NAIA DII National Tournament. Perry then transferred to Ashford University as a senior in 2013-14 under current Midland head coach Oliver Drake. The Saints also made an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament that season.
Perry joined Drake’s staff at Ashford while finishing his bachelor’s degree in English and Communication, and will work towards his Master’s while coaching at Midland University.
JOSH PICKENS | ASSISTANT COACH
Pickens was named the Warriors' new assistant coach, alongside head coach Oliver Drake, prior to the 2015-16 season.
Pickens, a native of Rockford, Illinois, began his collegiate playing career at Rock Valley Junior College before transferring to Ashford University for his junior season. At Rock Valley he was a two-time First Team All-Conference selection. Following a two-year career at Ashford, where he was named Team MVP as a senior, Pickens joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant in the 2010-11 season.
While on staff at Ashford, Pickens helped recruit two All-Americans and numerous All-Conference selections as the Saints made the NAIA DII National Championship Tournament three times, advancing to the Round of 16 in 2015. He was a member of the coaching staff for all five of the years that Coach Drake was at the helm as Ashford posted a combined 108-55 record.
Pickens earned his bachelor’s degree in December of 2009 from Ashford before obtaining his Master’s in Education and Public Policy while working as a graduate assistant.