Middle Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Bios
INSELL TIDBITS & INs AND OUTs... • Helped Middle Tennessee to the nation’s highest attendance increase in 2005-06 and the sixth-best attendance increase in 2006-07 • Led the Blue Raiders to back-to-back Sun Belt Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in his first two seasons • Named USA Today National High School Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1991 • Named Converse National High School Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1992 • Only women’s coach in NCAA history to produce two different players as consecutive national leaders in points per game (Amber Holt, 27.4 ppg, 2007-08; Alysha Clark, 27.5 ppg, 2008-09) • January 17, 2007 – Rick Insell and the Blue Raiders featured in two-page spread in USA Today about the program’s rise to national prominence and success during his brief tenure • Voted Sun Belt Coach of the Year in 2007, his first coach of the year honor and the first by a MT head coach since 1988. He later added his second coach of the year accolade in 2009 • Elected to the National High School Hall of Fame in February 2007, one of only six Tennesseans inducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations • Led Middle Tennessee to a school-record 30 wins in 2006- 07, including a perfect 21-0 versus Sun Belt opponents. The Blue Raiders won their fourth-straight Sun Belt Tournament and played in their fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament • Appeared on Dateline December 26, 2004. The program, shown internationally, produced a one-hour segment on Insell, focusing on him and his Shelbyville Eaglettes • March 22, 2003 – Insell was inducted into the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame • Insell and the Eaglettes received a special invitation to the Oval Office from President George H. W. Bush for academic and athletic achievement • In 1989, subject of an ESPN feature story on his Shelbyville Eaglettes that won the National Television Journalism Award later that year. It was one of several stories ESPN did on the team • In 1992 was named as the head coach of the Girls High School All-American Game, and from 1992-96, was a member of the All-American Selection Committee. He became the chair of the committee in 1996 and served as an advisor in 1999 • Named to the WBCA Board of Directors as the high school representative in 2001. Recently serve on the Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of Year committee • March 30, 2010 – Received the Morgan Wootten Award in Columbus, Ohio, for high school girls basketball from the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame • Blue Raider program was featured in two national stories on ESPN.com, written by collegiate women’s basketball reporter Mechelle Voepel, during the 2009-10 campaign
his players get the job done in the classroom as well. His Shelbyville Central teams received the TSSAA Distinguished Award for Academic Success from 1989-to-2000, an award based on team grade point average. The lowest cumulative GPA during that time frame was 3.4 and the highest was 3.98. Insell's success during his time at Shelbyville Central was not limited to high school. He won three AAU national championships (1988, 1998 and 2004). He was the first coach of the Kodak High School All-American Game in 1992 and served as coach of
the South Team at the 2002 Olympic Festival, the first Youth Development Festival by USA Basketball. Insell is married to the former Deborah Spry of Woodbury, Tenn. The couple has three sons - Tom, Kyle and Matt. Tom is married to the former Sarah Stewart of Shelbyville.
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