Thu Mar 28 05:26pm EDT
UK women's basketball assistant Matt Insell was named head coach at Ole Miss on Thursday afternoon, the school announced. He will finish out the season with Kentucky in the NCAA tournament before leaving for Oxford.
Insell had been at UK for the past five seasons, helping UK to postseason berths every year. He was brought on after Matthew Mitchell's first season, and helped the program to a 126-45 record in that time. He was a part of some of the Wildcats' most successful seasons in program history, including four consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament.
“We will forever grateful to Coach Insell’s contribution to our program,” Mitchell said in a release. “We have seen significant growth in Kentucky women’s basketball since he’s been here and he’s been a huge part of our success. We are sad to see him go but that doesn’t compare to the joy we have for him reaching his dream of being a head coach. Not only has he been a fantastic coach for Kentucky he has become a member of our family, and Jenna and I are thankful for the impact he’s had on our lives. Mississippi is extremely fortunate to hire someone of Matt’s talent and tremendous work ethic.”
Insell helped coach the guards at UK, but was also a strong recruiter. He spent three years as an AAU coach of the Tennessee Flight, and 41 of his former players moved on to Division 1. Among those were UK players Victoria Dunlap, one of the best players in school history, and Crystal Riley. At UK, he helped sign seven McDonald's All-Americans.
His father, Rick Insell, is the head coach of the women at Middle Tennessee State.
Kentucky returns to NCAA tournament action to face Delaware in the Sweet 16 on Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn.