There’s no reason to freak out, but it might be something to keep in the back of your head.
In an article posted to ESPN.com, writer Graham Hays wrote about the different top-tier women’s basketball head coaching jobs that could open due to coaches retiring.
Included in the article were different jobs that will eventually open including Baylor, UConn, South Carolina and others. The piece broke down possible candidates for those jobs when they become available.
Writing about South Carolina’s Dawn Staley, the article said that Amaka Agugua-Hamilton would be an “outsider” name who could find herself one day coaching the Gamecocks.
“Most recently, Agugua-Hamilton not only met the challenge of following Kellie Harper at Missouri State but arguably improved on her predecessor with a projected No. 6 seed this season,” Hays wrote. “Granted, following Staley would be several orders of magnitude more challenging, but ‘Coach Mox’ has the confidence.”
Staley just finished her 12th season as the head coach at South Carolina. Her team finished as the No. 1 team in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and AP Poll. She also led her team to a 2017 national title.
Nothing has indicated the 50-year-old head coach is anywhere close to retiring.
If Agugua-Hamilton were to have more successful seasons as she had in her debut season with the Lady Bears, it would come as no surprise if her name were to be floated for bigger jobs.
For now, Missouri State having a coach whose name pops up in articles saying she could be worthy of taking over the No. 1 team in the country isn’t that bad.
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the conversation on Twitter where his handle is @WyattWheeler_NL. You can also sign up for his free “Bears Beat” newsletter by subscribing on News-Leader.com.