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Johnson: A tough act to follow

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Rick Insell, during his tenure as Shelbyville Golden Eaglettes head coach.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
With the departure of former Shelbyville Golden Eaglette coach Rick Insell, now women's coach at Middle Tennessee State University, the question arises of who will become the new coach of the Eaglettes.

Talk about a tough act to follow.

Insell has been rewarded for all the hard work, dedication and success that he has achieved. One can only believe that the next Eaglette coach will possess the same qualities.

Hard work and dedication are two key ingredients that led to success.

Shelbyville Central principal Don Embry and Athletic Director Jimmy Williams will recommend to Bedford County School Superintendent Mike Bone who will take the place of the legendary coach.

Ironically, Bone -- then SCHS principal -- hired a young man from Woodbury 28 years ago giving him his first chance to coach at the high school level.

After a recent rather lengthy conversation with Embry, it's fair to say that he's up to the task.

Embry informed me how important it was going to be to hire an established coach that has been successful; someone who could step in and lead the Eaglettes to, and complete at, the level at which we've grown accustomed to seeing the Eaglettes play.

With all that has occurred with Insell and MTSU over the past several weeks, it has allowed Embry to put together a game plan.

Due to the respect Embry has for Coach Insell, he hasn't interviewed anyone to date but anticipates a large number of applicants once the job is posted.

Embry admits he has received a number of phone calls showing interest in the position and that he and Williams have put together a few names on a list to whom they would like to talk.

One might ask why anybody would want to take over the program after the success Insell has had.

That's a valid question, but I propose another question. How often do opportunities come around like this at the high school level?

With summer upon us and AAU Basketball in midstream, look for the next coach to be in place within the next several weeks.

Embry emphasized the importance of keeping the program where it is now.

Mike Bone made a history-making hire 28 years ago who will forever impact the Eaglette basketball program.

What a tough act to follow.

Gary Johnson
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