In his first season as a defensive assistant coach at Indiana State is Mike Mickens.
Mickens comes to the Sycamore football program from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a defensive assistant in 2011 and previously was a four-year letterwinner for the Bearcats from 2005-08. With Cincinnati he assisted the defensive coaching staff in all aspects on and off the field, including film breakdown, scouting and practice preparation.
He is Cincinnati's career leader in interceptions (14) as well as interception return yards (296). He was named an All-American in 2007 & 2008 and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Additionally Mickens was named All-Big East three times during his career, once on the first team and twice on the second team.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mickens is a graduate of Wayne High School where he was a two-time All-Greater Western Ohio Conference cornerback and helped the Warriors to a 24-9 record as well as two league titles during his three seasons. He recorded 205 tackles, 10 interceptions and returned a kickoff for a touchdown and won the Ohio State 300-meter hurdles championship as a junior.
He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cincinnati in 2011.