Meet Coach Mox

One of the best coaches in college basketball speaks at New Student Convocation.

About Coach Mox

Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton was introduced as Missouri State’s eighth women’s basketball coach on April 17, 2019, and immediately led the Lady Bears to two of best seasons in the program’s storied history.

Under Agugua-Hamilton, the Lady Bears are 49-7 overall and 32-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play with two MVC regular season titles, one NCAA Sweet Sixteen trip, and a combined 64 appearances in the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press polls. Individually, Coach Mox has twice won MVC Coach of the Year honors, was the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Spalding Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year in 2020, and one of 10 finalists for WBCA National Coach of the Year in 2021.

The Lady Bears went 26-4 overall in Agugua-Hamilton’s first season, setting a school record for regular-season victories and making Coach Mox one of 33 rookie head coaches in Division I history with at least 26 victories. She was the second first-year head coach in MVC history to be named Valley Coach of the Year, and the first to win an outright regular season title in their debut season.

Missouri State ended the shortened 2019-20 season ranked 19th by the coaches, 23rd by the AP, and eighth in the NCAA RPI, the highest finish ever for an MVC team in that metric. The Lady Bears spent nine weeks rated fourth or better in the RPI throughout the season, ascending to the No. 1 spot for seven consecutive days in January, and went 15-0 at JQH Arena for the school’s first perfect home season since 2003-04. Brice Calip, Jasmine Franklin and Alexa Willard earned first-team all-MVC recognition, while Calip added MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Lady Bears ranked in the top 22 nationally in scoring offense, 3-point percentage, rebound margin, free throws, free throw percentage and won-lost percentage.

The Lady Bears built on that immense success in 2020-21, finish with a 23-3 record and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for a second consecutive NCAA Tournament. MSU extended its ranking streak in the Coaches Poll to 35 consecutive appearances and finished 14th, the school’s highest ranking since 2001. Missouri State matched the program’s best-ever NCAA Tournament seed with a No. 5, defeating UC Davis and Wright State in the Big Dance before falling to No. 1 overall seed Stanford in the Sweet 16 to end a 19-game win streak.

Calip and Franklin repeated as first-team all-conference selections, while Calip was the league’s Player of the Year and Franklin earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Lady Bears set a school record for rebound margin on the season at plus-10.8 and allowed 57.2 points per game, the second-best figure in program history. Missouri State also posted the first perfect conference (16-0) and road (11-0) records in school history.

The first African-American female head coach for any sport at Missouri State, Agugua-Hamilton is a 19-year veteran of Division I women’s basketball, including four seasons as a player at Hofstra and four coaching stops prior to Missouri State, most recently on the staff Michigan State for the past six seasons, the last four as associate head coach.