Cuonzo Martin is on the move again.
Missouri announced hiring of Martin as its next coach Wednesday, hours after he resigned from his position at California. He replaced Kim Anderson, who was fired after winning just 26 games in three seasons.
"We are thrilled that Cuonzo is returning to the Midwest and that his family will now call Columbia home," Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement. "From the outset of our search, our goal was to find a coach who had demonstrated success, academically and on the court, while also sharing our values and who can help to reignite interest in Mizzou Men's Basketball among our fan base. I believe we found all of that and more with Cuonzo and I look forward to watching him compete for championships and postseason appearances for many years to come."
Martin, a native of East St. Louis, Ill., compiled a 62-39 record with one NCAA tournament appearance in three seasons with the Golden Bears. California said in a statement announcing the resignation that Martin was seeking a job closer to home.
Martin previously was the coach at Tennessee and Missouri State for three season each.
His overall coaching record is 186-121 with two NCAA tournament and four NIT appearances.
Per the terms of his contract with Cal, Martin will owe the university $1.2 million for terminating his contract prior to April 14, 2017. The deal had been scheduled to run from April 15, 2016 through April 14, 2021.
Contributing: Steve Berkowitz
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