Charles W. Melick
May 20, 1877|
|Died||April 15, 1960
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1905||Kansas State (track and basketball)|
|Head coaching record|
Charles Wesley Melick (May 20, 1877 – April 15, 1960) was an American educator and college football and basketball coach. He served as the first head basketball coach for Kansas State in 1905-1906, and was head football coach at the University of Maryland in 1907.
Melick spent most of his early life in the Midwest, primarily in Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska, where he received a bachelor of science degree, and then worked as a dairy husbandry assistant at the Kansas State Agricultural College Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1905, he coached the track and field team at Kansas State. Melick is also credited as the first basketball coach in the Kansas State history, posting a 7-9 record in the 1905-1906 season. While working at Kansas State, Melick was credited with the invention of new drink he called "Kansas Ambrosia", a mixture of ice cream and buttermilk that could be "flavored to suit taste" and "served at all times."
At the age of 29 in 1906, he moved to Maryland for work. He worked at the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station as a professor of dairy husbandry. While he worked at the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station, Melick became the head coach for the Maryland Agricultural College (now University of Maryland) football team in 1907. He hired Washington attorney Durant Church as an assistant coach, and Church tutored Curley Byrd in the art of kicking. Byrd also assisted with coaching as both Melick and Church were often busy with their full-time professional jobs.
Melick, a native of the then homogeneous Midwestern United States, was surprised at the state of race relations when he moved to Maryland, where about a quarter of the population was black. He wrote Some Phases of the Negro Question based on his observations in 1908, and in which he criticized racial integration.
- Dairy Laboratory Guide, 1907.
- Some Phases of the Negro Question, 1908.
Head coaching record
|Maryland Aggies (Independent) (1907)|
- Some Phases of the Negro Question, p. 1, D.H. Deloe, 1908.
- The Industrialist, Volume 31, p. 194, Kansas State Agricultural College, 1904.
- Julius Terrass Willard, History of the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, p. 506, Kansas State College Press, 1940.
- The Industrialist, Volume 31, p. 478.
- American Chemical Journal, Volume 40, p. 129, 1908.
- David Ungrady, Tales from the Maryland Terrapins, p. 15, Sports Publishing LLC, 2003, ISBN 1-58261-688-4.