Meet the new assistant

I had an interview this morning with new IU women’s basketball assistant coach Amaka Agugua.

She has spent the last three years on Beth Morgan Cunningham’s staff at VCU. In case you don’t know, Cunningham is the daughter of former IU baseball coach Bob Morgan and was an Indiana All-Star at Bloomington South. Anyway, I’ll have more on that in a story for tomorrow’s paper/web.

But one of Agugua’s touted strengths coming in is as a recruiter. Being just three years away from her own playing days (under Coach Legette-Jack at Hofstra), she brings a credibility and relatibility to the kids she is talking with. Here’s what she had to say:

“I’m a younger coach, so I’m at an age where the kids respect me, but I can relate. (I’m) not saying none of the (other coaches) do, not like they’re old and grey, but it’s always good to have somebody younger on the staff that can relay the message to the kids No. 1, then as far as recruiting relate to what’s going on, what kind of music, that kind of stuff.”

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Crean to serve as honorary chair for Special Olympics

According to this here press release . . .

INDIANAPOLIS — Special Olympics Indiana announced today that Tom Crean, head coach of the Indiana University Hoosiers men’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to serve as Honorary Chair of the 40th Annual 2009 Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games, which will take place June 5 – 7 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.


Brown works out for Bears

Greg Brown, who started 40 of 48 games at defensive tackle for the Indiana football team, participated in the Chicago Bear’s minicamp over the weekend.

He and kicker Austin Starr were the only two Hoosiers (that we know of) trying to earn a contract after going undrafted. Marcus Thigpen has already signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

IU baseball postponed

Today’s IU baseball game at West Lafayette against Purdue has been postponed because of inclement weather in the area. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon, and the regularly-scheduled single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

New IU women’s assistant

Amaka Agugua has been named the new IU women’s basketball assistant coach, replacing the departed Marc Wilson.

She comes from Virginia Commonwealth where she spent one year as a graduate assistant and two as an assistant coach under Beth Morgan Cunningham, the daughter of former IU baseball coach Bob Morgan and a former Indiana All-Star from South who went on to a standout career at Notre Dame.

Agugua played for Indiana coach Felisha Legette-Jack at Hofstra. Her senior season was Legette-Jack’s last with the Pride before coming to IU. Read the entire press release here.

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