One of the top AAU coaches in the country has joined the Louisiana Tech staff in September as Matt Insell was hired by Chris Long as director of basketball operations.
Insell, who replaces Ericka Haney who left to take an assistant coach position at Florida Gulf Coast University, has spent the past three years coaching the Tennessee Flight, one of the 18 Nike Elite Travel Programs.
"Matt brings a lot to the table," Long said. "His background is similar to mine in that he grew up with a dad who was a successful girl's basketball coach. I've been very impressed with how he has coached, recruited, and run one of the best AAU programs in the country.
"He has a strong desire to learn as much as he can. He will be a very valuable asset to our program. I'm excited to have him on our staff."
Insell, who is the son of Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Insell, made a national name for himself as one of the top AAU coaches in the country. He has had over 40 of his former AAU players over the last three years go on to play Division I basketball, including 18 with BCS schools.
"It's mean something to be a part of this program," Insell said. "Growing up being around game, Louisiana Tech is one of top programs in the country. It is an honor to be here."
Prior to his time with the Tennessee Flight, Insell coached the Shelbyville Sports Shop 15-Under team to the AAU National Championship title in 2004.
Insell also earned valuable experience working with both the University of Tennessee men's and women's basketball programs during his college days in Knoxville.
Long said Insell will be responsible for team travel, film exchange, on-campus recruiting, and will also assist with academics and the Lady Techster summer basketball camps.
Insell earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Middle Tennessee State in May of 2007.