Missouri State Lady Bears Head Coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton has been named the top first-year coach at the NCAA Division 1 level.

Coach Mox is the recipient of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Spalding Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year Award.

She guided the Lady Bears to a 26-4 record in 2019-20, the most ever regular season victories for a Missouri State team.

Agugua-Hamilton’s team won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title with a 16-2 mark.

No other coach in Valley history won as many games as a first-year head coach, and only 33 Division 1 head coaches have ever won at least 25 games in their first season.

The award is named in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, who in her debut season as Army head coach, led the Black Knights to the 2006 Patriot League title and their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Dixon died of an undiagnosed heart condition at the age of 29 on April 6, 2006, just weeks after her team’s magical season.

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