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Derrick Tilmon is in his second season on the Missouri State staff after joining Paul Lusk's squad on July 13, 2012.
A native of Clarksdale, Miss., Tilmon spent the three years as an assistant for coach Rodney Watson at the University of Southern Indiana from 2009-2012. The Screaming Eagles won the 2012 GLVC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament. USI was 72-16 during Tilmon's three seasons at the Evansville school with 24 wins in all three campaigns while producing nine all-conference picks and three All-Americans.
Tilmon started his collegiate career as a player at Hiawassee Junior College in Madisonville, Tenn., before three seasons at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. At 6-foot-7, he was a three-year starting forward and center for the Salukis, ending his career as SIU's 13th all-time leading shot blocker with 58. He ranked among the MVC's top five shot blockers each of his last two seasons.
He played 82 games in his career in Carbondale and scored 605 points. The Salukis were 20-13 and advanced to the second round of the 1998 NIT during Tilmon's senior year where he played alongside former MSU assistant Kent Williams that season.
Tilmon went on to spend five years playing professionally in Europe with stops in Austria, and the Netherlands. He earned a spot on the Netherlands All-Star team and was part of the Netherlands championship series.
After his playing career ended in 2005, he spent one year as an assistant coach at Shorter College in Rome, Ga., before a three-year stint as assistant at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky., from 2006-09.
The 37-year-old graduated from SIU with a bachelor's degree in health education in 2000. He and his wife Nicole have two sons, Derrick Jr., and Darren.