David Wadlington enters his first season as head women’s basketball coach after spending the last two seasons as an assistant men’s & women’s basketball coach under Head Coach/Athletic Director Pat Todd. Coach Wadlington has coached at six different schools which includes 23 years of collegiate coaching experience. He has coached at the NJCAA, NAIA, NCAA, and a couple of years at the high school level. In his short period of time with the Falcons, Wadlington has assisted in helping both men’s & women’s teams to the USCAA Division I National Tournament. He also was instrumental in helping the women’s team break the school record for most wins in a season during the 2015-16 season.
Before coming to Florida College, Wadlington was the head women’s basketball coach at Ohio Valley University, a NCAA II school located in Parkersburg, West Virginia. During Wadlington’s second year of coaching at OVU, he guided the Fighting Scots to their first winning season since the school made the transition to the NCAA II level. Not only did the team have a winning season, but broke school records in most wins in a season, most wins in the WVIAC, and most consecutive wins in a season. Also recognized by the NCAA, the Fighting Scots were ranked 5th nationally as one of the “Most Improved” teams at the NCAA DII level during the 2010-11 season.
Before coaching at Ohio Valley University, Wadlington spent two years in administration at Christian Home & Bible School with Pat Todd. He served as the assistant principal and athletic director while helping coach the varsity and junior varsity girls’ basketball program. Before that time, Wadlington spent 15 years coaching at the collegiate level coaching men’s basketball at Jackson State Community College, Freed-Hardeman University, and Dyersburg State Community College.
Wadlington came to Freed-Hardeman University in 1995 under the guidance of Mike McCutchen, current athletic director at FHU. As an assistant men’s coach he made his presence felt immediately. During his first season the Lions won a school-record 23 games, finishing with a 12-6 conference record. In the 1997-98 season the Lions broke another school-record winning 24 games, while finishing with a 12-3 conference record. The Lions were also ranked as high as 15th in the NAIA Division I National poll and made their first trip to the NAIA Division I National Tournament. The 2001-02 season the Lions broke another school-record winning 25 games, and were ranked as high as 6th in the NAIA Division I National poll.
Wadlington got his first coaching position at Dyersburg State Community College after graduating college at Lindsey Wilson College. At DSCC, Wadlington was instrumental in signing one of the top players in West Tennessee who received several high major division I offers. His recruit became an NJCAA Division I All-American while being the third leading scorer at the NJCAA level. While a student assistant coach at LWC, Wadlington help sign several talented players for the Blue Raiders who made an immediate impact as both were named All-Conference their first season.
Wadlington’s own collegiate playing career at Dyersburg State Community College was cut short due to knee injury which forced him to give up playing and pursue his career as a coach at a young age. Wadlington suffered a knee injury at Northwest Mississippi C.C. during his second collegiate career game. His first game of his career, Wadlington scored a game-high 23 points leading the Eagles to a win.
In high school, Wadlington was a three-time All-District, All-Region, and All-State Honorable-Mention point guard out of Graves County High School in Mayfield, Kentucky. He led Graves Co. to three district championships and an average of 24 wins per season. Wadlington broke several records, becoming the all-time assist leader and one of the all-time scoring leaders in the history of the program.
Wadlington is married to the former Carla Miles of Corbin, Kentucky. The couple resides in Riverview, Florida with three children; Kelsey, (17); Collin, (15), and Kylie, (4).
Assistant Coach 1st season
Amara Mills enters her first year as an assistant basketball coach for the Falcons. Mills came to Florida College after spending last season as an assistant basketball coach at Hillsborough Community College. Originally from Plant City, Florida where she graduated from Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland, Mills began her career as an assistant basketball & softball coach at Hillsborough High School. Her future goals are to continue to coach collegiately and one day become a head coach. She will graduate soon with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management.