Sept. 18, 2013
First Installment: Meet Head Coach Matt Insell
Assistant coach Todd Schaefer was one of head coach Matt's Insell's first hires when he was named head coach at Ole Miss. Shaefer spent the last two seasons at Arkansas State and has also served stints at Cincinnati, Arkansas Tech and Christian Brothers University. With over 16 years of collegiate coaching experience, Shaefer talks about working at Ole Miss, what he does for fun and who the funniest member of the team is.
Q: What drew you to Ole Miss and Coach Insell?
Schaefer: Ole Miss presented the opportunity to coach in the SEC, the best conference in the country, as well as at a school with a great academic and campus reputation. Over the last six or seven years I've gotten to know Coach Insell and knew that if I wasn't already a head coach I wanted to work for him when he got his first head coaching job. He's just one of the coaches who just gets it!
Q: You've had a variety of coaching experiences, throughout your career. What made you want to coach?
Schaefer: I've been around coaches from various sports all my life and as a player quickly realized that my future was in coaching. The only question was whether I would coach basketball or football. I chose basketball mostly due to my younger sister, Anne who I coached growing up. That opened doors for me at a very early age.
Q: You all have been here with the team since April, in your time here what are three words you would use to describe the team?
Schaefer: Eager, Willing and Committed. They are eager to learn and willing to change, while being committed to the program and each other.
Q: Who is the funniest member of the team and why?
Schaefer: Amber (Singletary) has the most outgoing sense of humor, but don't sleep on Tia (Faleru) and Kenyotta (Jenkins) who are very funny but maybe not as talkative.
Q: If you had to pick a staff member or player to be stranded on an island with whom would it be and why?
Schaefer: I wouldn't mind be stranded with any of them. We've only been together for a short time, but we seem to all have different areas of expertise and strengths. I guess it would depend on what we needed on that island. I know this -- everyone would be capable and willing to do whatever it took to help get us HOME!
Q: When you're not at practice or recruiting, where can we find you?
Schaefer: With my wife Lisa and two boys, Landon and Will. The question is where would you find us? We love to be outdoors so unless it's a school night, don't look for us at home. I'm proud to say I love spending time with my family. The only real hobby I have now is running, so you might see me on the streets of Oxford.
Q: Aside from the Tad Pad or Basketball Practice Facility, what's your favorite place in Oxford?
Schaefer: For me it would have to be the Square! There are so many places to go and things to do! Great places to eat, live entertainment and plenty of shopping (for those who like to shop)!
Q: If you had to pick your all-time starting five, who would it be and why?
Schaefer: I'm going to go with college hoops for this one and keep it to players I've watched play!
Point Guard: Derrick Rose
Shooting Guard: Stephen Curry
Small Forward: Grant Hill
Power Forward: Christian Lattner
Center: David Robinson
Q: If you had to be a kitchen utensil what would it be and why?
Schaefer: I would be a mixer. The mixer is responsible for blending all the special ingredients together to create something special!
Q: If you had to pick one word to describe the 2013-14 Ole Miss Women's Basketball team what would it be?
Schaefer: Exciting! This team will play a style of basketball that our fans will truly enjoy watching, which will create an EXCITING atmosphere around our program.