BCAT HALL OF FAME
2018 BCAT Hall of Fame Inductees
With his 1,218th career victory on December 15, longtime Clarkrange (Tennessee) High School girls basketball coach Lamar Rogers ascended to the top of the state’s all-time wins list for girls hoops.
Clarkrange’s 46-26 win over previously unbeaten Pickett County High School pushed Rogers past former Charleston High School and Cleveland Bradley Central High School coach Jim Smiddy as the new leader in the Volunteer State, one of the most tradition-rich states in the country for girls basketball.
“We had to earn it last (Friday) night,” said Rogers. “Pickett County has a good program, and Coach (Brent) Smith does a good job. It was good to get it behind us. Everybody was asking about it and I think the girls felt a little pressured to be successful.”
Rogers, who has coached his entire 44-year career at Clarkrange, improved his record to 1,218-272 (.817 winning percentage) with the Lady Buffaloes’ latest triumph and passed Smiddy on the national girls basketball coaching wins list, moving from up from fifth to fourth all-time. He is currently second on the national ledger for active coaches and trails only Joe Lombard, who has led Canyon (Texas) High School’s girls basketball program to a 1,356-125 record over 42 seasons. He’s now fewer than 100 victories from the all-time record.
Rogers has delivered all eight of Clarkrange’s Class A state championships, which included three in a row from 1983 to 1985, back-to-back crowns in 1990 and 1991, and an undefeated 39-0 campaign that culminated in the 2009 championship. He has also produced three runner-up finishes (2008, 2015, 2017), more than 20 appearances in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) state tournament, two TSSAA Miss Basketball recipients and 36 all-state selections.
Among his numerous awards, the Tennessee Tech University alum is a three-time Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association Statewide Coach of the Year, a two-time Tennessean Coach of the Year and Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee (BCAT) Class A Coach of the Year and the 1992 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Southeast Coach of the Year.
A 2009 TSSAA Hall of Fame inductee, Rogers was also enshrined in the BCAT Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Fentress County (Tennessee) Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame in 2009.
2019 BCAT Hall of Fame Inductees
27 years 627 Career Wins
5 Miss Basketball Winners
25 Players Received College Scholarships
14 District Championships
9 Region Championships
13 State Tournament Appearances
4 State Runners-Up
7 State Championships
48 years, 902 Wins
6 State Championships
2 Mr. Basketball Winners
Coached in TACA, Jordan Capital, Jr Olympic Developmental Team All Star Games
Member of TACA, BCAT, NABC
Collierville High School 1968-1970
Coached football, basketball, baseball
Dyer Co High School 1972-77
Football Asst, 1972 A State Championship
Basketball – first ever sub-state berth
Memphis Trezvant High School 1977-1986
Basketball 1980 AA State Champions
Memphis White Station 1986-2004
Basketball AAA State Runner Up 1996, 1998 Basketball AAA State Champions 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
Evangelical Christian School 2004-2018
Basketball D II State Runner up 2006, 2011. D II A State Champions 2010
2021 BCAT HALL OF FAME Inductees
Congratulations to Coach Rick Byrd, induction to the BCAT Hall of Fame. Coach Byrd has been a big supporter of BCAT and has presented many times at our clinics. Below is Coach’s Byrd’s information from his induction to the National Basketball Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Former Belmont University men’s basketball head coach Rick Byrd has been selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Sunday.
Byrd, who systematically led Belmont to national prominence in both NCAA Division I and NAIA, ranks 12th all-time among NCAA Division I head coaches with 805 career victories.
The Knoxville, Tennessee native led Belmont to eight NCAA Tournament appearances (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019) and 17 conference championships (10 regular season, seven tournament) in his final 14 years, national top 25 poll votes eight of his last nine years and notable victories over the likes of North Carolina, UCLA, Marquette, Cincinnati, Alabama, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Stanford, Butler and Temple, among others.
Moreover, for programs with at least six decades of history, Byrd retired first among NCAA Division I head coaches when ranked by percentage of schools’ all-time wins; accounting for a staggering 62.4 percent of Belmont’s total victories.
A 14-time district or conference coach of the year, Byrd’s career conference winning percentage of .797 (447-114) ranks second in NCAA Division I, behind only Mark Few of Gonzaga.
Under Byrd’s leadership, the Bruin program was marked by sustained excellence, one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games each of his final 14 seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina and San Diego State).
Five Belmont players earned Associated Press All-America recognition (Adam Sonn, Alex Renfroe, Ian Clark, J.J. Mann, Evan Bradds). Clark won an NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2017.
But of even greater significance to Byrd, Belmont established an unparalleled standard of academic achievement among NCAA Division I programs. Since 2001, Belmont leads the nation in Academic All-America selections (17, including Dylan Windler in 2019) and is the only program to rank among the nation’s best every year since inception of the Academic Progress Rate (APR).
Belmont has posted a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher 20 consecutive years and claimed the ‘Academic National Championship’ on InsiderHigherEd.com each of its last three NCAA Tournament appearances (2013, 2015, 2019).
Furthermore, in the NCAA Division I era, every Belmont player who completed eligibility under Byrd’s watch earned his degree, with only two scholarship student-athletes transferring out over his final 15 years.
Byrd served as NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules’ Committee Chairman from 2013-15, whereby sweeping measures including the reduction of the shot clock, expansion of the restricted arc for block/charge calls, and freedom of movement and pace of play were instituted.
Byrd received the 2012 NCAA Bob Frederick award for his lifelong commitment to sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
Prior to Belmont, Byrd served as head coach at Lincoln Memorial (TN) University and Maryville (TN) College.
No coach in Middle Tennessee women’s basketball history has produced the success that Rick Insell has in 16 seasons. Since his arrival to Middle Tennessee in 2005, Insell has led the Raiders to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, five WNITs, coached five All-Americans and grew four WNBA Draft picks.
In his 16 years, the seven-time hall of fame inductee has established a track record unlike any other in the Lady Raiders’ rich women’s basketball history, while also creating lofty expectations. Entering his 17th season leading his alma mater’s women’s basketball program, Insell has also positioned Middle Tennessee as one of the winningest programs nationally.
Head Coach Rick Insell
• Has produced 1,153 total victories in a career spanning 40-plus seasons:
775-148 record at Shelbyville Central HS
378-138 record at Middle Tennessee State
• Inducted into the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame, 2003
• Inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame, February, 2007. He is one of only six Tennesseans, and just the fourth coach, elected.
• 2010 recipient of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement for High School Girls Basketball.
• Inducted into Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, 2012
• Inducted into the Cannon County Sports Hall of Fame, 2013
• Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, June 2017
• Inducted into the Blue Raiders Sports Hall of Fame, September 2017
Middle Tennessee State University (2005-Present)
• Middle Tennessee’s all-time winningest basketball coach (men or women) with 378 wins
• Currently 12th on the NCAA Division I Winningest Coaches List with a .733 winning percentage
• Has led Middle Tennessee into four Conference USA Championship games in seven seasons, winning three (2014, 2016, 2021)
• Became Middle Tennessee’s all-time winningest basketball coach (men or women) with MT’s 61-46 win against North Texas (1/26/19), which was career win No. 333 at the time
• Guided the Lady Raiders to their 900th win all-time with a 62-55 win at Charlotte (2/7/19), making them one of 32 Division I teams with 900 or more wins
• Collected career win No. 300 in the 2017-18 season opener at Vanderbilt
• Notched career win No. 250 in the first round of the WNIT vs. Ball State in 2015
• Team won consecutive postseason games for first time in program history in 2015
• Team has notched 20-plus wins 14 of 16 seasons
• Team has participated in national postseason tournament 15 consecutive years under Insell (10 NCAAs, 5 WNITs)
• Middle Tennessee has ranked in the Top 30 nationally in attendance 13 of 16 seasons
• Only coach in NCAA history to produce three consecutive NCAA scoring champions
• Led Middle Tennessee to seven Sun Belt Conference championships in eight-season span
• Has developed six All-Americans, six conference players of the year and four WNBA draft picks
• Three-time Coach of the Year
• Guided Middle Tennessee to school-record 30 wins in 2006-07
Shelbyville (Tenn.) Central HS (1978-2005)
• In 28 seasons, had Shelbyville Central in the Class AAA state championship game 15 times. Class AAA is the highest classification in Tennessee.
• Led Shelbyville Central High School to a TSSAA record 10 Class AAA state championships.
• Shelbyville Central was named USA Today National Champions in 1989 & 1991.
• Posted a 775-148 record for an 84 percent winning percentage.
• Four-time National Coach of the Year – USA Today 1989, 1991; Converse National High School Coach of the Year 1990, 1992.
• Guided teams to Tennessee state records for most consecutive wins (110), consecutive state titles (4) and most state championships for a coach (10).
• 1991 Shelbyville team selected as the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Team of the Year – the first high school team ever to be recognized.
• Received invitation to the Oval Office from President George H. W. Bush for academic and athletic achievement.
• Led Shelbyville to 23 district championships, 16 regional championships and 15 appearances in the TSSAA Class AAA state championship game
• Won three AAU National Championships (1988, 1998 and 2004)
• First coach of the Kodak High School All-American Game in 1992
• Served as coach of the South Team at the 2002 Olympic Festival, the first Youth Development Festival by USA Basketball
• Birthdate: June 5, 1951
• Hometown: Woodbury, Tenn.
• Spouse: the former Deb Spry
• Children: Tom, Kyle and Matt
• Parents: Charles and Dot Insell
BCAT Director Bruce Slatten inducted into the BCAT Hall of Fame.
Coach Slatten coached 23 years as head coach with a record of 512-234. He guided 4 different schools, Perry County, Cleveland, Culleoka, and Moore County that appeared in 13 district championship games, winning 11. They also appeared in 10 region championship games, winning 6. Reaching the Sub-State level 10 times and reaching the state tournament 5 times and the state final 4 three times.
He led Perry County to the State tournament in 1994, 95, 96, 97. In 1996 his Perry County team finished a State Runner-up with a 30-3 record and in 1997 they finished 37-0, including the State Championship.
He led Cleveland to the 1999 Sub-state with a 22-10 record.
His 2007 Culleoka team reached the State Tournament for the 1st time in school history advancing to the Final 4 with a 31-7 record. The 2008 Culleoka team also reached the Sub-state round. His 2009 team finished 30-2.
In 2011, 2012, and 2013 he led the Moore County girls to the Sub-state round.
He had the honor of coaching 5 Mr. or Miss Basketball finalists. As well he coached over 30 players that played at various levels of college basketball. He won District Coach of the Year 9 times and he is the only boys coach to be named Mid-State Coach of the Year 3 consecutive years by the Nashville Tennesseean.
In 2007 he helped found the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee and along with many great coaches that have helped the BCAT grow into what it is today, helping put together one of the best clinics in America and bringing in some of f the biggest names in basketball every year. He also represents Tennessee with the National High School Basketball Coaches Association (NHSBA) and has been on the ground floor of establishing NCAA recruiting events, including the BCAT Top 100 and the BCAT HOOPFEST Team Camp.