June 5, 2014
SPRINGFIELD - Missouri State University Director of Athletics Kyle Moats announced today the contract of head cross country coach Alick Musukuma will not be renewed for the upcoming year.
Musukuma, who is completing his third year at MSU, will remain on staff until the end of June. He also serves as an assistant coach on the Bears track and field team.
"We appreciate the hard work Alick has put in at Missouri State and his integrity as a coach," said Moats. "He has been a good ambassador for our program and we wish him success in his future. We are just looking for a change in direction for our program at this time."
Musukuma's MSU squad finished 10th in 2013 and ninth in 2012 at the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships. The Bears took fourth at the MVC meet in his first season in 2011. Under his direction, the Bears also hosted the 2012 NCAA Division I Midwest Regional in Springfield and earned a pair of Academic All-MVC honors during his tenure.
The former Zambian Olympian and national record holder also served as the head cross country coach at Oral Roberts University from 1998-2009.
"I have enjoyed working with Coach Musukuma," said Ron Boyce, MSU director of track & field and cross country. "He is a true professional and has always represented himself and Missouri State University well. I wish him and his family the best of luck and success."
According to Moats, a search for Musukuma's replacement is underway.