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March 31, 2014

Hubbard to stay on as MSSU women's coach

After leading the Missouri Southern women’s basketball team to a 19-8 record in her first season as head coach, “interim” has been removed from Ronda Hubbard’s title.

“After a comprehensive review of the women’s basketball program, it was clear that we needed to ask Coach Hubbard and her staff to stay on and lead the program forward,” Missouri Southern athletics director Jared Bruggeman said in a news release. “We were very pleased with the way she led the program this year with both the academic and athletic successes. It certainly is an achievement to earn 19 wins and have them on the brink of an NCAA regional appearance. I’m more than confident she’s the absolute right person to lead the team.”

Hubbard directed the Lions to a fourth-place finish in the MIAA with a 13-6 league record after being picked ninth in both preseason polls. The 19 wins ties with former coach Maryann Mitts for the most wins since the 1995-96 season. Hubbard’s .704 winning percentage is tied for 10th best in a single-season at Missouri Southern.

“I am equally humbled and excited to continue the longevity of success in our women’s basketball program,” Hubbard said. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Jared Bruggeman and interim president Dr. Alan Marble for their belief in my ability to lead our program into a new era. It is evident that we share the same vision for our future ... We have a strong nucleus of experienced players returning, alongside five commitments for our freshman class. Our staff is excited to complete our roster in the coming weeks.”

MSSU senior forward Dominique Mosley was named first-team all-MIAA, while senior Shonte Clay received all-MIAA honorable mention. Sophomore Sharese Jones and junior Alexis Fitzpatrick also earned honorable mentions.

Hubbard spent 12 seasons as an MSSU assistant and helped the team to a 189-145 record, including trips to the MIAA Postseason Tournament in 11 of those seasons.

Hubbard’s previous coaching stops include Texas-Pan American, Rockhurst and Southwest Baptist. From 1991-94, she served as the head girls basketball coach at Springfield Catholic High School, where she posted a 76-16 record and won consecutive Missouri Class 2 state championships.

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