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David Milke | Director of Football Operations

David Milke, who served as director of football operations for Bob Nielson at Western Illinois, has rejoined Nielson and serves in the same capacity at University of South Dakota.
Milke (pronounced MIL-key) graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 2011 with a degree in finance and real estate. While in Cedar Falls, he served as a student assistant for the Panthers’ football team. He completed scouting reports, assisted coordinators during practice, worked with the DFO on travel procedures and helped run summer camps.
Following graduation, Milke spent one year working for U.S. Bank in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before being hired by Nielson in Macomb. He spent three years at Western Illinois where he coordinated travel, recruiting visits, practice schedules and camps, among other things. He also earned his master's degree from Western Illinois in 2014. He returned to Cedar Rapids in August of 2016 to be an online banking representative for Goldman Sachs Bank before moving to Vermillion in January of 2017.
Milke attended Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. He and his wife, Natalie, reside in Vermillion.