Missouri State Lady Bears head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton announced her coaching staff on April 24.
Agugua-Hamilton announced in a release the addition of Franqua Bedell, Seth Minter and Tori Jankoska as her three assistants for the 2019-20 season.
"I am extremely excited about my staff," Agugua-Hamilton said in the release. "All three are great coaches with high character and integrity. I am certain they will contribute in multiple areas as they are hard-working, self-motivated individuals with a wealth of knowledge and experience."
A tweet by Missouri State’s Chief Diversity Officer, H. Wes Pratt, released Bedell’s name as an assistant on April 19.
Coach Q, new Assistant Lady Bears coach Franqua “Q” Bedell, welcomed by City Councilmember Abe McGull and Board members at the MudLounge. Welcome coach! pic.twitter.com/tCwVkhiKfY— H. Wes Pratt (@HWesPratt) April 19, 2019
Bedell, also known as “Coach Q,” has 15 years of collegiate basketball experience. He spent the last six seasons as head coach at Tallahassee (Florida) Community College and won the NJCAA Division I championship in 2018.
Bedell spent part of his childhood in Springfield and eventually graduated from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. He had assistant coaching experience at Southeast Missouri State, Southeastern Illinois College, Mississippi State and Virginia Commonwealth.
"I'm extremely humbled and honored to be a part of Coach Mox's staff at Missouri State, and thankful to be coming back home to Springfield," Bedell said in the release. "MSU is a special place. I am excited to continue the wonderful winning tradition and be part of such a great school and community.”
Minter was the associate head coach seven of his last eight years at Western Illinois. He will work as the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Bears.
Minter is originally from Lancaster, Missouri. He was the head coach at Culver-Stockton for the 2010-11 season.
"I am beyond blessed and excited for the opportunity to join the rich tradition of women's basketball at Missouri State," Minter said in the release. "I am thankful to (Director of Athletics) Kyle Moats, (Senior Associate Director of Athletics) Casey Hunt, and most importantly Coach Mox for the opportunity to join her staff at such an amazing institution and community. Missouri State offers so many great opportunities for student-athletes, and I can't wait to be a part of Coach Mox's vision to help maintain and expand on the great history of this program."
Tori Jankoska — the all-time leading scorer at Michigan State — will coach under Agugua-Hamilton for the 2019-20 season. Jankoska graduated from Michigan State University in 2016, playing under Agugua-Hamilton. Jankoska averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in her college career.
After earning honorable mention All-America honors for her senior season performance, Jankoska was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft to the Chicago Sky. She played professionally for the 2017-18 season before accepting a job as Director of Recruiting Operations and Player Personnel at the University of Maryland for the 2018-19 season. The Terrapins finished the season 29-5 and earned the Big Ten regular season title.
"I am extremely excited for this opportunity to join the Lady Bear family," Jankoska said in the release. "The program is rich in tradition and knows how to win. I had an incredible experience with Coach Mox as one of my assistant coaches during my time playing at Michigan State, and I am thrilled to now be a part of her staff at Missouri State."
The staff is subject to finalization by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at their next meeting on May 16.