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Insell announces return of Tom Hodges as assistant coach

Hodges spent five seasons at MT from 2005-10

April 16, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head women's basketball coach Rick Insell announced the return of former Blue Raider assistant Tom Hodges to his coaching staff on Wednesday.

Hodges rejoins Coach Insell's staff after four years as the head coach at Morehead State. When hired, he was the youngest head coach in Division I. In his first year with the Eagles, Hodges immediately continued the success the program had seen over the last few years, leading the Eagles to a 21-10 record in his first collegiate season as a head coach while guiding MSU to a third-place finish in the league race. The 21 wins set a single-season school record for victories by a first year head coach. Hodges finished his tenure at Morehead State with a 51-68 overall record, and four All-Ohio Valley Conference honorees, including OVC Player of the Year Chynna Bozeman in 2010-11.

With his return to Middle Tennessee, Hodges will coach the post players and assist with recruiting duties.

"We've very fortunate to have Tom back in Murfreesboro," said Insell. "His presence on the court and the experience he has now as a Division I had coach is very valuable. He has numerous contacts with junior college and high school coaches across the country, which is very important for recruiting. We are excited to have Tom and his family return to Murfreesboro."

A native of Shelbyville, Tenn., Hodges was a member of Coach Insell's staff from 2005-10. During his time in Murfreesboro, the Blue Raiders won four Sun Belt Conference championships and set numerous records in that five-year period. With an overall record of 126-38, Hodges was a part of wins over teams such as Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Penn State, Minnesota, Arizona, and Old Dominion. Middle Tennessee also saw its home attendance grow from 600 fans per game to well more than 4,000 by the 2009-10 season.

"It is exciting to have an opportunity to come back and work at Middle Tennessee with Coach Insell," said Hodges. "The strides and development the University and the Athletic Department have made since I left four years ago is amazing under the leadership of Dr. Sidney A. McPhee and Chris Massaro. I have admired from afar the advancements that have taken place and the accomplishments that have been achieved under Coach Insell. It is overwhelming to think that we now have the privilege to be at the center of a Top 25 program once again."

Hodges has been a part of seven conference championships, four trips to the NCAA Tournament, and two trips the Women's NIT in just 12 years. Hodges has coached six conference players of the year (Janet Holt and Emily Chrisian, Tennessee Tech; Katasha Brown, Chattanooga; Chrissy Givens and Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee; Chynna Bozeman, Morehead State) and three All-Americans (Givens, Clark and Amber Holt, Middle Tennessee).

He has also had three players drafted by the WNBA (Givens - 31st to the Phoenix Mercury; Amber Holt - Ninth to Connecticut Sun; and Clark - 17th to San Antonio Silver Stars). Also at Middle Tennessee, Hodges saw Holt lead the nation in scoring (28.3 ppg) in 2007-2008, while Clark also led the nation in scoring in 2008-2009 (28.5 ppg) and 2009- 2010 (29.2 ppg).

Hodges was an assistant for the 2004-05 Chattanooga team that went 25-5, won the Southern Conference regular-season championship, and earned a berth to the Postseason WNIT. While at Chattanooga, he mentored two first-team All-Southern Conference players in Tiffani Roberson and Katasha Brown.

He began his coaching career at Tennessee Tech as an undergraduate assistant for coach legendary coach Bill Worrell. The Golden Eagles won two Ohio Valley Conference regular-season titles during Hodges' time, amassing a 78-42 record, including 26-4 in 2000-01 (which included the nation's longest winning streak of 19 games) and 22-8 in 2001-02.

Hodges received his bachelor's degree in extended education with a concentration in health and history in 2004 from Tennessee Tech. In the summer of 2011, Hodges was in the inaugural graduation class of the Center for Coaching Excellence held at Columbia University.

He was married in June of 2009, to the former Hillary Maxwell, who is also a basketball coach. Maxwell most recently was the head girls' basketball coach at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. where she won a state title in 2010. The couple welcomed their first son Cooper in 2011.

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