Amaka Agugua-Hamilton

Amaka Agugua-Hamilton (third from left) stands with the Michigan State women's basketball team.

A new head coach for the Lady Bears has been found.

Missouri State announced Wednesday morning Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton, former associate head coach at Michigan State University, would take over the vacant position.

"I am excited to welcome Coach Mox to Missouri State University and know she will build on the good work that has gone on before to create an even stronger women's basketball program at the University," Missouri State President Clif Smart said in a press release.

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Agugua-Hamilton will be the first African-American female head coach of any sport at Missouri State. Her contract, which was approved by the Missouri State University Board of Governors, is a five-year deal with a $240,000 base salary. Similar to other head coaching contracts at Missouri State, there are additional incentives for postseason appearances, conference championships, coaching honors, attendance averages and APR standards.

"A special thanks goes out to Spartan Nation for welcoming me and embracing me from day one,” Agugua-Hamilton said in a press release by Michigan State. “I enjoyed my time at Michigan State, but am extremely excited and eager to start my new journey as the head coach of the Missouri State Lady Bears! I can't wait to see what the future holds."

Agugua-Hamilton has 18 years of experience at the Division I level, as both a player and coach.

Agugua-Hamilton played four years at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She was a four-year letter winner and three-year captain.

After graduation, Agugua-Hamilton went to Virginia Commonwealth to get her master’s degree in sport leadership and administration. She was a graduate assistant for one year and then became an assistant coach from 2007-09. She also coached as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Indiana University from 2009-11.

Before her six seasons at Michigan State, Agugua-Hamilton was a recruiting coordinator at Old Dominion for two years. She was promoted to associate head coach for her last four seasons at Michigan State.

The formal announcement of Agugua-Hamilton will come at a press conference scheduled at 3 p.m. in the Prime Overtime Club at JQH Arena. Follow @Standard_Sports for updates and a live stream of the press conference.

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Amanda Sullivan is the Sports Editor at The Standard. She is a sophomore majoring in journalism with a double minor in Spanish and criminology. She started writing for The Standard in January 2018 writing about various sports and taking photos.