Middle Tennessee head women's basketball coach Rick Insell began the reconstruction of his staff with a name he was very familiar with - Alex Fuller. Fuller will begin her third season with the Blue Raiders in 2012-13.
"What a great asset to our program," Insell said. "We have a variety of different young ladies at our post positions, which is exactly where Alex spent her career playing.
"She brings a unique attitude and work ethic to the team. I am very pleased to bring her on board and have her help continue the tradition we have set forth."
Fuller’s work with the post players last season saw Middle Tennessee grab the most team rebounds in the program’s history since 1983 and the third most in its 37 years. Blue Raiders Ebony Rowe and Icelyn Elie formed a matchup nightmare for opponents on their way to garnering All-Sun Belt First Team and Second Team honors, respectively. The pair combined for 25 double-doubles during the campaign and each hauled in 16 boards in the NCAA Tournament game at Vanderbilt, establishing a new school postseason record.
In her first season with the Middle Tennessee program in 2010-11, Fuller helped establish a solid foundation for its post players. She tutored Rowe to Freshman All-American and Sun Belt Freshman of the Year accolades and oversaw the development of KeKe Stewart, who rejoined the program after taking the previous four years off. Rowe grabbed 21 rebounds against North Texas, the most in over 20 years by a Blue Raider player.
Fuller, a 2008 Tennessee graduate and former player for Insell at Shelbyville Central High School, was a graduate student manager at Kansas in 2009-10 under Bonnie Henrickson. The Jayhawks finished 17-16 and advanced to the third round of the Postseason WNIT.
Fuller completed her undergraduate work at Tennessee, while lettering for four seasons for head coach Pat Summit. She was a part of two NCAA Championship teams, in 2007 and 2008.
She played in 139 career games with 31 starts, averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds throughout her career. She redshirted her freshman campaign of 2004-05 due to a knee injury. Her most productive season came as a senior, when she averaged 7.5 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Lady Vols.
Playing under Insell at Shelbyville, she helped lead the Lady Eaglettes to a trio of state titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004. The 2003 campaign saw the school post a 37-1 record, while she garnered 3A Miss Basketball honors as a senior on the way to consecutive state crowns. Fuller was one of six former Miss Basketball selections under Insell during his 28-year high school career.
"I am really excited about coming on board and reuniting with Coach Insell again," Fuller said. "I really like the direction he is taking this program and the steps it is taking from conference championships, NCAA Tournament appearances and wanting to lead it to the Final Four and a national championship.
At Middle Tennessee, she assists in all aspects of the program, including on-court coaching responsibilities, working with the post players, recruiting, scouting and assisting with the summer camp program.
Fuller graduated from Tennessee in December 2008 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science.