VERMILLION, S.D.—Former Ottawa University standout Matthew Middleton is University of South Dakota’s new wide receivers coach. Head coach Joe Glenn made the announcement Wednesday and the hire is effective immediately. Middleton replaces Kelton Copeland who is now the running backs coach at Northern Illinois University.
“We are excited to have Matt join our staff,” said Glenn. “He is high-energy, enthusiastic and exciting to be around. He has a terrific background as a receiving coach and as a receiver both as he was a record-setter at Ottawa. As a plus, he’s from the Kansas City area and will be a strong recruiter for us.”
Middleton most recently was a graduate assistant working with the wide receivers at the University of Kansas in Lawrence where he spent the 2012 season. He coached the wideouts and return men as a volunteer assistant at Chadron State College (NCAA Div. II) during the 2011 campaign. Middleton coached receivers and kick returners at University of Nebraska-Omaha from 2009-10 and earned his master’s degree there in recreation management in 2012.
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of something special here,” said Middleton. “Fight South Dakota!”
A native of Kansas City, Kan., Middleton was a four-year starter at Ottawa from 2004-07. He was a three-time all-conference wideout who graduated as the program’s all-time leader in receptions. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in sports and recreational management, Middleton stayed with the Braves for the 2008 season as a part-time assistant.
At Bonner Springs High School, Middleton was a talented three-sport star where he wrestled, played football and competed in track and field. He was named BSHS Male Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2004.Courtesy: USD Sports Information