Missouri State Hires New Women’s Basketball Coach

Missouri State has announced the hiring of Amaka Agugua-Hamilton as the eighth head women’s basketball coach in the school’s history. Agugua-Hamilton replaces Kellie Harper, who left MSU to take the head coaching job at her alma mater, the University of Tennessee.

Agugua-Hamilton has spent 18 years in Division I women’s basketball including the last six seasons with Michigan State, the last four as Associate Head Coach. Michigan State finished 21-12 last season, losing to Notre Dame in the women’s NCAA tournament.

“I am excited to welcome Coach Mox to Missouri State University and know she will build on the good work that has gone on before to create an even stronger women’s basketball program at the University,” Missouri State President Clif Smart said in a statement. “I commend Kyle Moats and the search committee for their good work.”

A Virginia native, Agugua-Hamilton is a graduate of Hofstra University, and prior to Michigan State coached at Old Dominion, Indiana and Virginia Commonwealth. She is the first African-American female head coach of any sport at Missouri State.

“Coach Mox has everything we were looking for in a coach,” Kyle Moats, MSU’s director of athletics, said in a statement. “She is a player’s coach, detailed-oriented, disciplined, high integrity, community-oriented, and is completely invested in the student-athlete – wanting to make them great people first and great basketball players second.”

Agugua-Hamilton’s contract, approved by the Board of Governors, is a five-year deal worth at least $1.2 million. She can earn additional money through NCAA and WNIT appearances, conference championships, coaching honors, attendance average and APR standards.

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