Former Shelbyville Central standout and University of Florida player Kim Dye begins her first season on the Middle Tennessee coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
Dye will be involved in all areas of the basketball program, including film exchange, on-court teaching and practice, and game preparation.
Dye played for Insell at Shelbyville for three seasons, winning a pair of AAA state titles and garnering All-District honors as a junior and senior. The Golden Eaglettes won state championships in 2001 and 2003, compiling a 37-1 mark in 2003 and finishing the year ranked 10th in the USA Today Super 25 Girls rankings.
Dye was named the best Defensive Player at Shelbyville her final two years and served as team captain as a senior. The Fayetteville, Tenn., native played in the 2003 Tennessee East-West All-Star game before earning a basketball scholarship to the University of Florida.
Dye played for coach Carolyn Peck the last four years at Florida. The Gators made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2004-06, making the second round of the 64-team field in 2004.
She started all 31 games as a senior, averaging 4.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest and hitting 41 3-pointers for the year. Dye played in 10 games as a freshman and 13 as a sophomore before tearing her anterior cruciate ligament and partially tearing her medial collateral ligament and medial meniscus.
As a junior she appeared in 28 contests, averaging 2.7 points and hitting 24 3-pointers. She netted a career-high 15 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting against No. 19 Vanderbilt on January 22, 2006, helping Florida rally from a halftime deficit and post the upset win.
During her playing career at UF, the Gators defeated fifth-ranked Tennessee, winning the program's first-ever game over the Lady Vols and becoming the first unranked team to ever win at Thompson-Boling Area in Knoxville. Florida also posted a victory over second-ranked LSU, the program's highest ranked win in school history.
Dye was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years in Gainesville, served as team captain as a senior and received the Mary Meyer's Elliot Award, given annually to the individual who exhibits quality leadership on and off the court.
She graduated from Florida in May 2007 with a bachelor's in Exercise and Sport Sciences. Dye was nominated for the Outstanding Senior Leadership Award by the College of Health and Human Performance and was one of three students chosen to express their collegiate experiences to the Surgeon General for the state of Florida during graduation ceremonies.
Dye will work on her master's in Health Promotion while at Middle Tennessee.