Alick Musukuma will begin his third season as Missouri State's head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach.
While at Missouri State, Musukuma has overseen the development of several distance runners both on the track and in the classroom. Emily Beaver, a 2012 senior, earned the Missouri Valley Conference's Good Neighbor Award and Elite 18 award for academic, athletic and civic excellence. In addition, Beaver was arguably the Bears' top competitor in cross country as a junior and a senior in 2011 and 2012, respectively, as she was also named to the MVC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete team two times.
A native of Zambia, Musukuma served as the head cross country coach at Oral Roberts University from 1998-2009. His impressive resume at Oral Roberts included 28 NCAA qualifiers in cross country and track and 13 All-Americans. In addition, he coached three Olympians, four World Championships qualifiers, 17 Summit League Athletes of the Year and 50 conference champions. The coach was named the Summit League Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2005.
With Musukuma's coaching experience at the Division I level, one of his goals at MSU is to help recruit and develop athletes who will have the enthusiasm to work hard to help the team win championships.
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.
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.