Charles W. Melick

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Charles W. Melick
Sport(s) Football, track
Biographical details
Born (1877-05-20)May 20, 1877
Lincoln, Nebraska
Died April 15, 1960(1960-04-15) (aged 82)
Pontiac, Michigan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1905 Kansas State (track and basketball)
1907 Maryland
Head coaching record
Overall 3–6–0

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.[1] He attended the University of Nebraska, where he received a bachelor of science degree,[2] and then worked as a dairy husbandry assistant at the Kansas State Agricultural College Agricultural Experiment Station.[3] 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.[3] 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."[4]

At the age of 29 in 1906, he moved to Maryland for work.[1] He worked at the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station as a professor of dairy husbandry.[5] 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.[6] He hired Washington attorney Durant Church as an assistant coach, and Church tutored Curley Byrd in the art of kicking.[6] Byrd also assisted with coaching as both Melick and Church were often busy with their full-time professional jobs.[6]

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.[1]

Published works[edit]

  • Dairy Laboratory Guide, 1907.
  • Some Phases of the Negro Question, 1908.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Maryland Aggies (Independent) (1907)
1907 Maryland 3–6
Maryland: 3–6
Total: 3–6


  1. ^ a b c Some Phases of the Negro Question, p. 1, D.H. Deloe, 1908.
  2. ^ The Industrialist, Volume 31, p. 194, Kansas State Agricultural College, 1904.
  3. ^ a b Julius Terrass Willard, History of the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, p. 506, Kansas State College Press, 1940.
  4. ^ The Industrialist, Volume 31, p. 478.
  5. ^ American Chemical Journal, Volume 40, p. 129, 1908.
  6. ^ a b c David Ungrady, Tales from the Maryland Terrapins, p. 15, Sports Publishing LLC, 2003, ISBN 1-58261-688-4.