Oct. 2, 2013
First Installment - Meet Head Coach Matt Insell
Second Installment - Meet Assistant Coach Todd Schaefer
Third Installment - Meet Assistant Coach Tai Dillard
Assistant Coach Alex Simmons is very familiar with the name Insell. Simmons joins the Ole Miss women's basketball staff after spending the last three years with Matt's father, Rick Insell, on staff at Middle Tennessee State. A two-time national champion at Tennessee, Simmons talks to us about winning a national championship, the three things she can't leave home without and the words she would use to describe the Ole Miss women's basketball team.
Q: This is your second stint working with an Insell as you worked with Rick Insell at Middle Tennessee before joining Matt Insell here at Ole Miss. What is it about the Insell's that makes you want to work for them?
Simmons: I have known the Insell family all of my life. Rick Insell has prepared me for this position since I was very young. His passion for the game and his teams is never-ending -- he knows what it takes to win championships. I believe in Matt and think very highly of the success he has had, from summer AAU programs to now the head coach here at Ole Miss. He shares the same passion as his father, Rick, for women's basketball and being a mentor to young women, as do I. Not many people know that another Insell is one of the reasons that I became a basketball player and coach. Tom Insell, Matt's brother, is the person who started me as a basketball player and helped develop me.
Q: If you had to describe the team in three words, what would they be?
Simmons: The three words I would use to describe our team are eager, passionate and intuitive.
Q: If you had to pick your all-time starting five, who would it be and why?
Simmons: My all-time starting five would consist of: LeBron James, Angel McCoughtry, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutombo.
Q: Did you always know that you wanted to be a coach and why do you love coaching?
Simmons: I knew in my final year at Tennessee that I wanted to coach. I love it because I love helping young women grow both on and off the court.
Q: If you had to be a kitchen utensil what would it be and why?
Simmons: I would be a knife because I enjoy delving into recruiting, scouting and player development. Also I really enjoy cutting stuff open to see what needs to be improved.
Q: What are three things that you can't leave home without?
Simmons: I can't leave home without my phone, car keys and purse - fully loaded!
Q: When you aren't at practice or recruiting where can we find you?
Simmons: If I'm not at practice or recruiting you can find me on the Square or somewhere watching the Housewives.
Q: Finish this sentence ... Ole Miss Women's Basketball is???
Simmons: The American Express Black Card of women's basketball.