Karyla Middlebrook - Women's Basketball - Kansas Jayhawks

Karyla Middlebrook

TITLE Assistant Coach


Karyla Middlebrook is in her third season on the Kansas Women’s Basketball staff after joining Coach Brandon Schneider’s staff as an Assistant Coach in April 2021.

Kansas has reached the postseason in each of the Middlebrook’s two seasons in Lawrence, including capturing the 2023 WNIT Championship. The Jayhawks finished 25-11 in 2022-23, marking the sixth time in school history that the program reached 25 victories in a season, and first since 1996-97. KU has won at least 20 games in each of the past two seasons, giving the program back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2012 and 2013.

The Jayhawks had three players earn All-Big 12 recognition following the 2022-23 season, including two First Team All-Big 12 selections in Taiyanna Jackson and Zakiyah Franklin. Middlebrook tutored Franklin as she led the Jayhawks in scoring and set new single-season school records for both free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage. Jackson, meanwhile, had a breakout campaign and became the first KU player since 1982 to average a double-double for an entire season. Kansas has had six All-Big 12 selections during Middlebrook’s two seasons, with Jackson, Franklin and Holly Kersgieter each earning consecutive honors from the conference.

In Middlebrook’s first season in Lawrence, she assisted Schneider – the 2022 Big 12 Coach of the Year – during the Jayhawks breakthrough campaign in 2021-22. The Jayhawks finished the season with a record of 21-10, marking the program’s first 20-win season since 2010-11, and the Jayhawks had 20 wins during the regular season for the first time since 1999-2000. Kansas capped off the season with a berth in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, where KU earned the No. 8 seed in the Spokane Regional and defeated Georgia Tech, 77-58, in the opening round before falling to eventual regional champion Stanford in the second round.

Kansas had three players earn All-Big 12 recognition in Middlebrook’s first season, including guard Zakiyah Franklin, an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection. Under Middlebrook’s tutelage, Franklin moved into KU’s top 10 list for career assists and had the third-best single-season free throw shooting percentage in school history during her junior year.

Prior to Kansas, Middlebrook served as an Assistant Coach at Grand Canyon University for the 2020-21 season. That year, GCU finished with a record of 18-7 and placed third in the Western Athletic Conference before advancing to the WAC Championship game. Middlebrook also spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach at Evansville following her playing career at Alabama and Kansas State.

As a player, Middlebrook was named a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and she aided the Crimson Tide to its first-ever home win over Tennessee, ending a 42-game winless streak against the Lady Vols. As a graduate transfer at Kansas State, she propelled the 2016-17 team to a 23-11 overall record which included a win over Drake in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Middlebrook also excelled in the classroom during her time as a Wildcat, being named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.

A native of Blue Springs, Mo., Middlebrook earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Alabama and a master’s degree in Academic Advising from Kansas State.

Alma Mater: Alabama, 2013-16
Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo.

2021-Present, Kansas (Assistant Coach)
2020-21, Grand Canyon University (Assistant Coach)
2018-20, University of Evansville (Assistant Coach)

2016-17, Kansas State University (Grad Transfer)
2013-16, The University of Alabama