Amaka Agugua-Hamilton

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Amaka Agugua-Hamilton
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamMissouri State
ConferenceMVC
Record26–4 (.867)
Biographical details
Born (1983-04-13) April 13, 1983 (age 37)
Herndon, Virginia
Alma materHofstra (BBM)
VCU (MA)
Playing career
2001–2006Hofstra
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2006–2007VCU (graduate assistant)
2007–2009VCU (assistant)
2009–2011Indiana (assistant)
2011–2013Old Dominion (assistant)
2013–2015Michigan State (assistant)
2015–2019Michigan State (associate HC)
2019–presentMissouri State
Head coaching record
Overall26–4 (.867)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
  • MVC regular season (2020)
Awards

Amaka Agugua-Hamilton (born April 13, 1983) is the current head coach of the Missouri State Lady Bears basketball team.[1]

Missouri State[edit]

Amaka Agugua-Hamilton was introduced as the head coach of the Missouri State Lady Bears basketball program on April 17, 2019. Agugua-Hamilton replaced Kellie Harper who left to become the head coach of her alma mater, the Tennessee Lady Vols. Agugua-Hamilton became the first African- American female head coach for any sport at Missouri State.[2]

Inaugural Season[edit]

During her inaugural season with the Lady Bears Agugua-Hamilton lead the team to a 26–4 record including a 16–2 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Lady Bears finished the 2019–2020 season ranked 19th in the USA Today Coaches Poll[3] and 23rd by the AP[4] and 8th in the RPI.[2]

The 26 wins by Agugua-Hamilton set the Missouri Valley Conference record for wins by a first year women's basketball coach. Agugua-Hamilton is also the first coach to win an outright MVC title during her rookie campaign.[5] At the conclusion of the 2020 season Agugua-Hamilton was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year.[2][5] The Women's Basketball Coaches Association also named Agugua-Hamilton the Spalding Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Agugua-Hamilton is a native of Herndon, Virginia and is a 2005 graduate of Hofstra University. She married Billy Hamilton in 2017 and together have a son Eze, born in April 2018.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Missouri State Lady Bears (Missouri Valley Conference) (2019–present)
2019–20 Missouri State 26–4 16–2 1st Postseason not held due to COVID-19
Missouri State: 26–4 (.867) 16–2 (.889)
Total: 26–4 (.867)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schiffer, Alex (April 17, 2019). "Missouri State makes historic hire of Amaka Agugua-Hamilton as women's basketball coach". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Amaka Agugua-Hamilton". Missouri State Bears. April 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Poll". USA Today. March 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "Women's College Basketball Rankings - Postseason". ESPN. April 5, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "MVC Women's Basketball: A Historic Year In Review (2019-20)". Missouri Valley Conference. April 5, 2020.
  6. ^ "AMAKA AGUGUA-HAMILTON NAMED 2020 SPALDING MAGGIE DIXON NCAA DIVISION I ROOKIE COACH OF THE YEAR". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. March 31, 2020.

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