Alick Musukuma Named New Bears' Cross Country Coach
Aug. 7, 2011
Missouri State has announced the hiring of Alick Musukuma (pronounced Muse-uh-KUME-uh) as its new head cross country/assistant track & field coach. Musukuma, who began his duties August 1, replaces Greg Hipp, whose contract was not renewed in June.
A native of Zambia, Musukuma served in the same capacity from 1998-2009 at Oral Roberts, where he racked up an impressive resume. He coached 28 NCAA qualifiers in cross country and track and 13 All-Americans. He also guided three Olympians, four World Championship qualifiers, 17 Summit League Athletes of the Year and 50 conference champions. Musukuma was named conference cross country coach of the year in 2005.
MSU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Ron Boyce said the hiring of Musukuma is a big step for his program.
"Alick has a lot of coaching experience at the Division I level and knows how to win," said Boyce. "He knows how to develop programs and develop student-athletes and I have a lot of confidence in his ability to do that here and help us continue to be successful."
As a competitor, Musukuma was a four-time All-American at Blinn College and a five-time All-American at Oklahoma Baptist in the 800 meters and 4 x 400-meter relay. He competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea for his native Zambia. He was the national recordholder in the 800 meters for two years and was named Zambian Sportsman of the Year from 1988-91.
"I've known Coach Boyce for 15 years and am looking forward to working with him and the rest of the staff," Musukuma said. "I want to help recruit and develop athletes who will have the enthusiasm to work hard to help the team win championships, because this is a team effort."
Musukuma earned a bachelor's degree in recreation administration from Oklahoma Baptist in 1996 and a master's from ORU in 1999. He and his wife, Namukale, have five children.
Musukuma's hire is pending final approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its next meeting.