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Missouri State University has named Amaka Agugua-Hamilton to be its eighth women’s basketball head coach.

Agugua-Hamilton will be formally introduced during a press conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday at JQH Arena.

“Coach Mox” was unanimously approved by the MSU Board of Governors early Wednesday morning after an extensive search that began when former coach Kellie Harper left the school to become the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols.

Agugua-Hamilton is the first African-American female head coach for any sport at Missouri State, and she’s an 18-year veteran of Division I women’s basketball.

She played four seasons at Hofstra and has four coaching stops, must recently on the staff at Michigan State, serving as the associate head coach the last four seasons.

MSU President Clif Smart says he’s excited to welcome Coach Mox to Missouri State. “She will build on the good work that has gone on before to create an even stronger women’s basketball program at the university,” Smart said. “I commend Kyle Moats and the search committee for their good work.”

Agugua-Hamilton’s contract, which was also approved by the Board of Governors, is for five years with a base salary of $240,000.

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