Missouri names Kim Anderson as next coach

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Kim Anderson went 274-94 in 12 seasons at D-II Central Missouri. (USATSI)
Kim Anderson went 274-94 in 12 seasons at D-II Central Missouri. (USATSI)

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Missouri has named has announced Kim Anderson as its new head coach.

Anderson will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

He has spent the last 12 seasons as the coach of Central Missouri, going 274-94 and playing in seven Division-II NCAA Tournaments.

“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 in a release. “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.”

This will mark a return to Columbia for Anderson, who spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach for Missouri under Norm Stewart, from 1982-85 and 1991-99. He was also an assistant at Baylor for six seasons under Gene Iba.

“We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program,” athletic director Mike 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.”

Anderson also played his college ball at Missouri, winning Big Eight Player of the Year honors in 1977.

He replaces Frank Haith, who left earlier this month for the vacancy at Tulsa.

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