Former Shelbyville Central standout and University of Florida player Kim Dye begins her third season with Middle Tennessee and first as the program's director of operations.
She had previously spent the last two years on the coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
As the director of operations, Dye oversees the team travel, hotels and flights and assists to maintain the program's budget.
Dye was involved in all areas of the basketball program, including film exchange, on-court teaching and practice and game preparation during the two years she was a graduate assistant.
Dye played for head coach Rick Insell at Shelbyville Central High School for three seasons, winning a pair of 3A 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 Best Defensive Player at Shelbyville Central her final two years and served as a 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 Florida.
Dye played for coach Carolyn Peck for four years in Gainesville. The Gators made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2004 to 2006, 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 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 ever to win at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Florida also posted a victory over second-ranked LSU, the Gators' highest ranked win in school history.
Dye was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years in Gainesville and received the Mary Meyers 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 explain their collegiate experiences to the Surgeon General of the state of Florida during graduation ceremonies.
Dye completed her master's degree requirements in health and human performance at Middle Tennessee.