COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri has hired a basketball coach to replace Frank Haith.
Kim Anderson, former head coach at University of Central Missouri and two-time graduate of Mizzou, will become the 18th men's basketball coach.
Anderson, 58, is the 2014 NABC National Coach of the Year, and spent 12 seasons with UCM, winning nearly 75 percent of games, making him one of the Top 10 winningest coaches at the NCAA Division II level. In 1977 he was drafted by the NBA in the second round by the Portland Trailblazers before finishing his professional playing career in Italy and France.
"I'm honored and humbled to have the opportunity to return to Mizzou and lead a program that our family is so vested in," Anderson said after accepting the head coaching position Monday afternoon. "When we took over in Warrensburg 12 years ago, we faced an uphill battle. We had support, we had a winning history and great campus leadership, but the program had lost its identity. I see that same opportunity here at Missouri. We have great leadership with Dr. Loftin and Mike Alden, and I know we have a passionate fan base. We have a lot of work ahead of us and that work starts today, but as a Missourian I embrace this challenge and look forward to bringing championship basketball back to Norm Stewart Court and Mizzou Arena."
Director of Athletics Mike Alden says Anderson's national title run is impressive because the team added 10 new players last season, and only had one returning student athlete.
"We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program," Alden said. "He's a man of great character, integrity and respect. He has demonstrated the ability to mentor young men on and off the court, academically and socially. He's a proven winner on all levels, and he's built tremendous relationships around the country in the basketball community, which assists greatly with recruiting and other important aspects for a program. Lastly, the fact that he's a Missouri Tiger at heart is important, he is committed to Mizzou and has a passion to build a program of which all Tiger fans will be proud."
Haith announced in mid-April he was leaving Mizzou to become the head coach in Tulsa.
Anderson will be introduced Tuesday at 10 a.m. during a news conference in the Great Room of Reynolds Alumni Center.