Monday, June 20, 2011

ODU's Barefoot names first assistant

New ODU coach Karen Barefoot has her first assistant, and the name is familiar to CAA fans.

Hofstra graduate and Nigerian-born Amaka  Agugua will be the Lady Monarchs new recruiting coordinator. Agugua spent the last two seasons at Indiana (where former Pride coach Felisha Legette-Jack is head coach. The Hoosiers have advanced to the WNIT for the last two years.)

Previously Agugua was an assistant at VCU, she was responsible for working with the Rams' post players, as well as assisting with VCU's recruiting efforts. (Barefoot was an ODU assistant during the same period.) Agugua was instrumental in guiding VCU to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09, and develop two WNBA draft picks in Krystal Vaughn (2008) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (2009).

If you're looking for another Virginia connection, Agugua starred at Oakton (Herndon) High School for coach Fred Priester. Her senior season she was an All-Met and All-Virginia selection, as well as a Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year finalist. She was also MVP of the Northern Region and took her team to the state championship game her senior year season. Additionally, Agugua participated in the Northern Region and Virginia State All-Star games.

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