Lady Bears Add Alysiah Bond to Coaching Staff

by Ben Adamson

Missouri State women’s basketball coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton announced the addition of veteran assistant Alysiah Bond to her staff Friday.

“I am truly grateful and excited to join the Lady Bear family and to have another opportunity to work alongside Coach Mox,” Bond said. “Having spent four years together, there is one thing that I undoubtedly know…she has “It”! Her dynamic attributes are easily recognizable – incredibly sharp professional acumen, the amazing gift of natural leadership and an undeniable ability to connect with and empower people from all walks of life. I relish the chance to support her mission to nurture, develop and mentor our student-athletes in a family-first environment while enthusiastically celebrating their successes academically, athletically and beyond.”

Bond boasts a decorated resume with stops at five Power Five schools, most recently spending the 2019-20 season at Texas Tech, where she assisted the Red Raiders to their best Big 12 finish in seven seasons and mentored All-American and WNBA draft pick Brittany Brewer.

Bond was on staff at Michigan State from 2015-19, where she worked alongside Coach Mox and coached current Missouri State assistant Tori Jankoska. The Spartans made three NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT during her tenure, and she helped sign a top 10 recruiting class while in East Lansing.

“Missouri State is tradition rich and one of the premier programs in the country,” Bond added. “I have seen and heard about Lady Bear Nation from afar and am anxious to become a part of the Springfield community to experience their love and support firsthand!”

Prior to Michigan State, Bond was an assistant at Wisconsin for four seasons, and served as the director of operations at Arizona from 2008-11. She also has assistant coaching stops at Central Florida, Murray State and Tennessee State.

From 1998-2001, Bond was director of operations at Tennessee under hall of fame head coach Pat Summitt. She held the position of Director of Special Programs for USA Basketball from 1997-98.

In addition to her coaching and administrative stops, Bond worked as a sports anchor, reporter and producer at NBC affiliates in both Knoxville, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio, in the early 2000s, and was the color analyst on Tennessee and Ohio State women’s basketball broadcasts at those respective stops.

Born in St. Louis and raised in Los Angeles, Bond graduated from Ohio State in 1995 with a degree in marketing. She played point guard for the Buckeyes and helped OSU to the 1993 national championship game. She appeared in 110 career games in four years, was named Ohio State’s best defensive player and was a team captain her junior and senior seasons.

Her hire is contingent upon final approval by the Missouri State Board of Governors at its next scheduled meeting. She fills the position vacated by Franqua Bedell.

Coach Mox on Bond:
“It is really hard for me to contain my excitement about the addition of Alysiah Bond! Not only is she an extremely experienced coach having been at five Power Five schools, but she is also an extraordinary human being. She has infectious energy and a personality that draws people in. I worked with her for four years at Michigan State, but have known her for much longer than that. I am certain she will impact our program in numerous ways including recruiting, player development, player relations, community relations, scouting and much more. It will be a seamless merge!”

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