Missouri State’s Coach Mox Named WBCA Rookie Coach of the Year

She may not have gotten the attention she deserved with a run in the NCAA Tournament, but Missouri State’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton is getting some of the national spotlight.

Coach Mox was named the 2019-2020 Spalding Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year award winner by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The Lady Bears were 26-4 when the coronavirus outbreak ended the season. The team won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title with a 16-2 record.

The team also set a school record for regular season victories.

Only 33 coaches in the history of Division I basketball have won at least 26 games in their debut season.

The award is named after late Army head coach Maggie Dixon, who died in 2006 from an undiagnosed heart condition at age 29 after taking her team to the NCAA tournament for the first time in the school’s history.

In addition to this honor, Coach Mox is the second rookie head coach to win the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, and first to win an outright regular season title in her first year.

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