Ronda Hubbard is in her 14th year on the staff at Missouri Southern and was recently promoted to the position of Head Coach. On March 31, 2014, Hubbard was named the permanent head coach for the women's basketball program at Missouri Southern.
"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" Bruggeman said. "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 led the Lions to a 19-8 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the MIAA and went 13-6 in league play after being picked to finish ninth in both the MIAA preseason polls. The 19 wins ties with former coach Maryann Mitts for the most wins since the 95-96 season and her .704 winning percentage this year is tied for tenth-best in a single-season at Missouri Southern.
During her 12 years with the Lions, she has helped the team
to a 189-145 record, including winning marks and a trip to the MIAA
post season tournament in all but one of those 12
In 2000-01, Hubbard helped the University of Texas-Pan American post its most wins in a season since becoming an NCAA Division I institution in 1985, and the second most victories in school history.
Prior to her stint at Texas-Pan American, she served on Maryann Mitts’ staff as an assistant at Rockhurst University from 1996-2000. There, she helped the Lady Hawks post a 68-45 record and advance to the 1997-98 Sweet 16.
Hubbard was also an assistant coach at Southwest Baptist University from 1994-96, helping guide the team to a 39-19 record. She also served as head girls basketball coach at Springfield Catholic High School from 1991-94, where she posted a 76-16 record and won back-to-back Missouri Class 2 state championships. She continues to hold the Missouri State High School Activities Association's (MSHSAA) record of being the youngest coach to accomplish such a feat.
She earned an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, as well as a master’s of science degree in education from Southwest Baptist in 1995. Hubbard earned a bachelor of science in physical education/health, secondary education from Missouri State University in 1991, where she played basketball from 1986-89. Hubbard’s educational background is indicative of some of the highest in her field.
“It was a honor to work with (former head) coach (Maryann) Mitts,” Hubbard said. “Anyone that has been around her knows the amount of passion she brings to the game and how she teaches her team lessons not just on the court, but also how to win in the ‘game of life’.”
"I am honored and humbled to fill her shoes," Hubbard said. "We have always shared the same philosophy about making 'winners' out of our players in every aspect of life. I am so excited to coach this team we have coming back. There are ten players currently here working hard this summer to improve and we collectively have high aspirations for this coming year. Those players, coupled with the recruits we have signed, are going to be well-positioned to conquer the goals we set back in March as we prepared for the off-season."
Mitts thinks the team won't miss a beat under the leadership of Hubbard.
"The program is in great hands with the promotion of Coach Hubbard," Mitts said. "Missouri Southern has chosen one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the game. She truly loves Missouri Southern and has invested many years to the university and women's basketball program. Coach Hubbard is an exceptional teacher of the game and strategist. Our fans should be ecstatic about the future of the program and the next era of LION Women's Basketball and rest assured, I will be their #1 fan!"