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Kim Anderson leaving Missouri after just 3 seasons

Missouri has asked Kim Anderson to step down as men's basketball coach after just three seasons.
Anderson, 61, took over in 2014 after Frank Haith left for the Tulsa opening. He went 19-44 in his first two seasons, then followed that up with a 7-23 record this past season. The school said he was asked to leave at the end of the season; he can still coach in the upcoming SEC tournament.
"This decision has been very difficult for me personally because of the tremendous respect I have for Kim," athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement. "I know how hard he and his staff have worked to turn the program around over the last three years, however, the lack of on-court success has resulted in a significant drop in interest surrounding our program, and we could not afford for that to continue another year."

Kim Anderson
Coach Kim Anderson is leaving Missouri after just three seasons.

The school has been gauging the interest of potential candidates for the past few weeks, sources told ESPN. California's Cuonzo Martin is among the names on their list. Dan Parker & Associates have been retained to handle the search for a replacement, sources told ESPN.
Missouri self-imposed a postseason ban in January after admitting NCAA violations that occurred in the program under Haith's watch. The Tigers also vacated 23 wins from Haith's final season in Columbia. Haith left Missouri shortly after the school received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA.
Anderson played his college ball at Missouri before being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977. He also spent time in Italy and France during his playing days. Anderson was an assistant at Missouri on two separate occasions before becoming the head coach at Central Missouri for 12 seasons. He won a D-II national championship in 2014.
"Missouri is a special institution to my family and I, and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve as the head coach at my alma mater," Anderson said in the statement. "While we have faced significant challenges over the last three years and been unable to achieve the on-court results everyone would have liked, I do believe we have been able to stabilize the program while watching our players become responsible young men on and off the court."
Anderson signed a five-year contract when hired.


Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers Freshman Basketball Team


Missouri hires Kim Anderson

C.J. Roberts commitment means the Tigers are changing gears going forward


The athletic guard from the Dallas-Fort Worth area will fit right in on the roster, but his signing means the Tigers only have one more spot to fill.

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Kim Aderson and the opportunity he never thought he'd get

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — He moved a little bit slower than his peers, his voice a little softer, lilting a little longer, buffered by its uncertainty.  Whereas some of his fellow coaches marched, chests puffed out, he ambled to the podium and seemed to be genuinely surprised by the number of reporters gathered to ask questions.Kim Anderson (Getty Images) Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson didn't think he'd be there on SEC Media Day — certainly not on Wednesday, and probably not ever, he believed.  At 59 years old, Anderson thought often about his window of opportunity, how it went lower at the conclusion of every season. About what he'd do next. Where he might go when that window finally eased shut.  "I thought it was closed," he said. "I didn't think I'd get this opportunity — obviously I'm grateful and honored to have it — but I'm 59, so you're at that window where it's going to be hard to make that move."  It's historically been quite difficult for a Division II coach to get a shot at the Division I level.  Though the former Tigers forward spent 11 seasons as a Mizzou assistant, Anderson hadn't been able to make the leap. He thought he had a shot to succeed Norm Stewart when Stewart retired in 1999, but the school instead poached Quin Snyder, a Mike Krzyzewski aide.  So the 1977 Big Eight co-Player of the Year took time off from helping to teach X's and O's.  He returned to the game in 2003, accepting a coaching position at Central Missouri, a Division II school. He was resigned to the idea that his coaching career, and maybe his ties to basketball, all ended at the 1,561-acre campus in Warrensburg, a remote whistle stop 90 minutes from his alma mater and 30 minutes west of his home town of Sedalia.  Anderson stayed for 12 seasons, leading the Mules to Division II Final Fours in 2007, 2009 and, for the last time, 2014, when his team won the national championship.  All that time, the window Anderson thought was closed and bolted rose a smidge. In April, it flew open.  "I think the timing was just right. I think (Frank) Haith left at the right time for me to be considered. We're coming off a national championship in Division II," he said wistfully. "If you don't win a national championship, you don't get the job. That's hard to do, hard to do at any level ... "  Anderson's already-soft voice tapered off. He paused, gathering his thoughts, crossing and uncrossing his fingers. But for the first time in media sessions that day, no one peppered the silence with another question.  Instead, everyone waited, allowing Anderson to guide himself through his emotions.  "I think there was a feeling that — not to be critical of any coach, because all three (Snyder, Mike Anderson and Haith) did well — I think there was a desire for a connection from the past, maybe," he said.  "It doesn't happen. A Division II coach doesn't get this opportunity very often so I hope I represent a lot of really good Division II coaches and I hope that we do well."  Questions about growing pains involved with a young team seemed to draw Anderson out of his pensive state. He can relate to his players' struggle, because he's going through that metamorphosis too — one that started the day he accepted the challenge.  "When I first took the job, I drove to Columbia from Warrensburg. I went in and met the team, and they told me they wanted me to meet my staff.  "So at Central Missouri I had two assistants and a graduate assistant. In Missouri I have three assistants, a strength coach, operations guy, video guy, two secretaries, equipment manager, trainer, two GAs, eight managers and two student workers. I said 'Well, what do you guys all do?' I quickly found out there's plenty to do," Anderson said with a hearty laugh.  That was the first in a long, steady list of changes Anderson has faced since April. There are plenty ahead, Anderson knows. But he has help this time that he didn't have before — a bigger staff, the SEC brand, a larger platform at his feet.  Don't expect any of that to affect his self-sufficient nature."I'm still asking people every day, 'Hey, do you want me to do that?' "Anderson is in the spotlight now more than he has been in years — perhaps since he played at Mizzou for three season in the late '70s.It won't change Anderson, but Anderson has already changed Mizzou.

Exhibition game with William Jewell is an olive branch from Missouri coach Kim Anderson

10/28/2014 4:52 PM 
 10/29/2014 1:52 AM
Missouri coach Kim Anderson won the NCAA Division II title last season with Central Missouri with the help of a player who transfered from William Jewell. The Anderson era at MU opens Wednesday with an exhibition game against William Jewell.DENNY SIMMONS/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

It was early May, maybe a week after Kim Anderson was hired for his dream job as the Missouri men’s basketball coach and fewer than six weeks after he led Central Missouri to the 2014 NCAA Division II men’s basketball championship.
Anderson scrolled through his contacts and phoned William Jewell coach, Larry Holley, “We’d love to have you come play an exhibition game. It’s the least I could do since your best player transferred to Central Missouri and we won a national championship.”
Dillon Deck averaged 14.9 points and 7.7 rebounds for William Jewell in 2012-13, earning first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors.
Before the 2013-14 season, Deck, a 6-foot-9 Smithville graduate, transferred to Central Missouri, where he led the Mules in scoring (13.8) and finished second in rebounds (5.6) during a championship season that probably landed Anderson the Tigers’ gig.

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“When I saw (Anderson) at the Final Four in Dallas last spring, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to say to him,” Holley said. “I had been texting him and Dillon throughout, congratulating them on their run.”
Still, bumping into each other at AT&T Stadium had the potential to be awkward, at least until Anderson broke the ice by approaching Holley and asking, “So, do you want a watch or a ring?”
Less than a month later, Anderson was hired as Frank Haith’s replacement at Missouri.
“I was going to text him and say, ‘Coach, forget the watch, forget the ring, give the Cardinals an exhibition game,’ but I never sent the text,” Holley said. “Maybe a week later, he called and offered us the opportunity to come down and play.”
That’s how it came to be that the Kim Anderson era at Missouri begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Holley’s Cardinals at the Hearnes Center.
“I’m excited,” Anderson said. “Obviously, it’s my first time being a head coach in a game situation, but I think it will be really good for our guys to play someone else. I think we’ll learn where we’re at and where we need to go.”
Playing at the Hearnes Center, where Anderson starred for Norm Stewart’s Tigers nearly four decades ago, only adds to the moment. Mizzou Arena isn’t available as a new scoreboard is being installed.
“Obviously, to play the game in here is really special, because of the history of this building and the tradition of this program within this building,” Anderson said. “I don’t how it will be (emotionally), but I’ll probably be worried about winning the game.”
Anderson and Holley — who is 757-367 in 35 seasons with the Cardinals and 855-502 overall, which ranks third among active Division II coaches in victories — have never squared off in a game.
The two have scrimmaged one another, and Anderson’s sons used to attend Holley’s camps, where Anderson also has been a featured speaker.
“He’s a great ambassador for basketball in the state and a great coach, who’s won a ton of games,” Anderson said. “I’m honored that he decided to come, because he’s a guy that I’ve respected over the years and we’ve been good friends. I hope it’s good for both of us.”
Holley has his own MU ties. He graduated from Jewell in 1967 before pursuing a master’s in physical education at Missouri.
“It was Norm Stewart’s first year at Missouri, so I went to a lot of practices,” Holley said. “I was not on his staff, but I went to a lot of practices and took a lot of notes.”
Holley said the last time William Jewell played MU was 1930, when the Tigers dedicated the new Brown Gymnasium in Liberty.
“We’re just going into it hoping to play well,” Holley said. “It’s the earliest I’ve ever played an exhibition or a game. … I just hope we’re able to relax and play to our potential and hopefully not get shut out.”
William Jewell moved from the NAIA to NCAA Division II before the 2011-12 season. Admission and parking are free for the game.
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Three-star shooting guard commits to Missouri

Sep 5, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT
On Friday evening, first-year head coach Kim Anderson received his third commitment in his Class of 2015, as Pacific High (Missouri) shooting guard Cullen VanLeer decided to remain in-state and commit to Mizzou. He announced his decision via Twitter.
“I’m excited to say I have verbally committed to the University of Missouri to continue my basketball career,” VanLeer tweeted.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is the the third three-star prospect to commit to the Tigers in the last five months, joining power forward Kevin Puryear and shooting guard Drew Lock. The 6-foot-3 lock is a pro-style quarterback, committed to play for the football team. All three hail from the Show-Me State.
VanLeer had offers from Evansville, Lehigh, Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State and Wofford, according to Rivals. He averaged 21.9 points with 8.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a junior.
When Tim Fuller was brought to Missouri, he was called an "ace recruiter" by many. What does it mean to have an "ace recruiter" on staff at a place like Missouri?
In 2011 when Frank Haith was hired at Missouri, he ended up hiring an old friend to be his top assistant. Since then that friend, Missouri assistant coach Tim Fuller, has been a fantastic ambassador for Missouri Basketball. He's smart, intense and extremely likable (he even followed me on twitter!) Fuller has also helped to shape the future of the program, even with his friend and mentor Haith moving on.
From the moment he was hired he was labeled as an "ace recruiter" by several in the know. And for sure Fuller has shown that he can get in the door at just about any place he needs to. He's the primary reason why Jerry Meyer noted that the idea of Isaiah Briscoe and Antonio Blakeney both ending up at Mizzou isn't such a crazy idea.
Fuller is responsible for Johnathan Williams III coming to Mizzou. He's also responsible for running down Jakeenan Gant, and he's the main reason why Gant stayed when the head coach didn't. He brought in Jabari Brown and Alex Oriakhi as transfers. One of his best recruiting jobs was to get Rob Fulford on board as an assistant at Mizzou, which helped land Montaque Gill-Caesar, and possibly Thomas Bryant. That's not to mention any other possible 2016 guys that are giving Mizzou a look thanks to Fuller.
At Louisville, Fuller was a part of a staff that set the foundation for the Cardinals National Championship in 2013. He spent one solemn season as an assistant there, but not before helping the Cardinals with a class that had Chane BehananWayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware. At the time that Fuller left, the Cardinals had gotten a huge commitment from Rodney Purvis, the number 1 rated PG in the 2012 class. Fuller left, Purvis decommitted.
"Right now, they're talking to people, feeling them out and really not in a hurry to get on anyone's campus, just trying to develop arelationship to see if that touchy-feeling thing can develop with someone outside of Tim. That was part of the whole de-commitment with Louisville was to give Louisville's staff a chance to see if they can develop that relationship but also to be fair to themselves as a family to see if someone else can do it. They're not going to entertain a list of 15 schools or anything like that, but I don't know if you can say it's down to four."
Negus Webster-Chan (who did end up following Fuller, until he went to Hawaii) was also a Louisville commit, and UL was considered the top school for 5-star recruit Ricardo Ledo (who never qualified at Providence). Since none of the three ended up at U of L, Fuller has something of a reputation with our friends at the Card Chronicle. 4-star PF Montrez Harrell did end up at Louisville in that class, however. Harrell played for the CP3 All Stars AAU Team in High School before committing to Louisville.
Much of recruiting is about relationships. And Fuller has those. The kinds of relationships that Fuller has been able to build most likely start with his connection to Chris Paul. Paul is an NBA All-Star, and was an All-American at Wake Forest. Fuller was an assistant basketball coach at West Forsyth High School when Paul was developing into a star guard. Fuller ended up back at Wake Forest during Paul's sophomore season there (his last) and the two continued their relationship. Paul also funds one of the top AAU teams in the Southeast. The CP3 All Stars from North Carolina.
The CP3 All Stars is a good example to use on the importance of relationships because the Fuller connection runs as deep as anywhere, and the results are indisputable. Montrez Harrell went to Louisville thanks in part to the relationship with Fuller and the CP3 All Stars, Purvis committed to Louisville andconsidered Mizzou before ending up at NC State (he's since transferred to UConn). Scales committed then decommitted. Coger did the same. Shelton Mitchell had Mizzou in his top two and was rumored to favor Mizzou until he ended up at Vanderbilt. And Harry Giles, a prize of the 2016 class has been on campus to visit the school (though it seems that he is unlikely to end considering Mizzou). By having a close relationship with Chris Paul, Fuller by extension will be able to get in the door for almost any recruit that comes out of that AAU program.
That's not his only relationship though, that's probably just his strongest. Fuller also has a close connection to the Southern Stampede and the Atlanta Celtics. The Celtics boast kids with Mizzou offers: Josh Langford, Kobi Simmons, Kaiser Gates and Braxton Blackwell. Having worked at Nike, the relationship exists with the EYBL. Its through the EYBL that you get in on the premiere Nike sponsored AAU teams. One in particular is Each1 Teach1, Amare Stoudamire's AAU team that Antonio Blakeney is a part of. Another member is the New Jersey Playaz. Their top player? Isaiah Briscoe. There is a reason why these top players are popping up with Mizzou on their radar.
"Tim’s very genuine when he comes across with his recruiting and how he sits down and talks to people," said Tony Edwards, who coaches Coger and Purvis on the CP3 All-Stars AAU team. "He’s coached in high school, coached in college, and I think the experiences he’s had as a player, recruiter and coach have helped him as far as understanding the relationship with kids and what’s real and what’s not." (2)
It's up to the assistant coach to forge the relationship with the player he's recruiting. They have to get in the door. That is what makes Fuller more of an "ace" than most other assistants. He has that ability to get in the door and players obviously get close with him. Jakeenan Gant felt so strongly about Fuller that as soon as the Coach was kept on at Mizzou after Haith left, Gant affirmed his pledge to Mizzou. Gant's relationship with Fuller was so strong that Ahmed Hill, Gants AAU Teammate with the Southern Stampede, had Mizzou in his top two when he committed to Marquette. He strongly considered Mizzou when coach Buzz Williams left Marquette for Virginia Tech, only to end up at Virginia Tech and back with Williams.
So relationships matter, but what often matters most is the head coach. Frank Haith struggled to close with the big names that Fuller brought around. Haith couldn't close on Purvis, and missed on several other recruits that Fuller brought to the door. Now Fuller has some big time players knocking again, with October 11th potentially being a huge day for Mizzou recruiting. With 2 confirmed 5 star recruits coming in, a couple more rumored, Kim Anderson will have a big chance to do what Haith couldn't... Turn Mizzou into a 5-star destination.

Kim Anderson, 6' 7" SF, Missouri

Portland Trailerblazers Roster 7-79
No.PlayerPosHtWtBirth DateExpCollege
42Kim AndersonSF6-7200May 12, 1955RUniversity of Missouri
10Ron BrewerSG6-4180September 16, 1955RUniversity of Arkansas
23T.R. DunnSG6-4192February 1, 19551University of Alabama
30Bob GrossSF6-6200August 3, 19533California State University, Long Beach
14Lionel HollinsPG6-3185October 19, 19533Arizona State University
44Clemon JohnsonC6-10240September 12, 1956RFlorida Agricultural and Mechanical University
20Maurice LucasPF6-9215February 18, 19524Marquette University
5Jim McMillianSF6-5215March 11, 19488Columbia University
36Lloyd NealPF6-7225December 10, 19506Tennessee State University
25Tom OwensC6-10215June 28, 19497University of South Carolina
11Willie SmithPG6-2170October 26, 19532University of Missouri
15Larry SteeleSG6-5180May 5, 19497University of Kentucky
33Ira TerrellSF6-8200June 19, 19541Southern Methodist University
43Mychal ThompsonC6-10226January 30, 1955RUniversity of Minnesota
13Dave TwardzikPG6-1175September 20, 19506Old Dominion University
Kim Anderson, Portland Trailblazers, Missouri
Coaches for UCM, Warrensburg
Kim Anderson, Mizzou 
Dr. Forrest Phog Allen, KU
Gene Bartow, UCLA, Memphis, UAB
Joe B Hall, Kentucky
Jim Wooldridge, Kansas State
Bob Sundvold, UMSL
Tom Scott, North Carolina
Tom Smith, Valparaiso
Don Doucette, Chaminade
Lynn Nance, University of Washingto
Willard Greim, FIBA President 48-60
Leroy "Lee" Hunt, (asst coach at UCM)UMKC, Memphis State, Illinois, UCLA (where Hunt got a taste of the NCAA Final Four more than once), Alabama-Birmingham, and Mississippi before taking the coaching position in Kansas City.  At many of the schools he served under Gene Bartow.
At Ole Miss, Hunt took the position of men’s head basketball coach and Assistant Athletics Director in 1982. After being picked to finish eighth in the pre-season polls, Hunt led the Rebels to a 19-12 overall record and a second place SEC finish.  As a result, Hunt was selected as the SEC Coach of the Year in 1983 and was awarded the Rupp Cup, which was a namesake of legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp.

Kim Anderson, Graduation from Sedalia, Smith-Cotton High School, Sedalia Missouri 1973

Missouri coach Kim Anderson's upbringing made him the man he is today

The Kansas City StarMay 10, 2014 
He is 6 feet 7 inches of genuine gentleman and self-deprecating wit.
Talk to him, and he'll actually listen, rare and telling in itself.
All of which makes Anderson almost universally liked and about unanimously seen as just plain nice.
Yet it's basically that demeanor that makes detractors wonder whether he can make a nimble leap from coaching Division II Central Missouri to the national championship to whisking Mizzou back to national prominence.
But there's this curious contradictory snippet in his profile that speaks to a broader, more important truth about Anderson ... even if the example isn't inherently laudable.
No Missouri basketball player fouled out of more games in a career (34) or season (13) than Anderson.
At his Tuesday introductory news conference last week, Anderson was presented a replica of his No. 42 jersey from the 1970s that seemed inauthentic to one observer.
"There's no blood on that thing; it doesn't belong to Kim," former Tiger Al Eberhard joked to Anderson's father, Keith.
Even one who protested a few of the fouls now bears witness to their legitimacy.
"I'll tell you one thing: They weren't slapping fouls, either," former Tigers coach Norm Stewart said, laughing.
With a chuckle, Anderson embraced the distinction as a record that probably will never be broken and tried to answer what it suggested about the way he played.
"The positive interpretation would be I played hard, and the negative would be I played stupid," he said, deadpanning, "So I guess I played hard and stupid."
As it happens, Anderson's foul play is easily reconciled with his demeanor.
It had little to do with playing "stupid," though surely he could have been more judicious at times.
It reflects his sincerity and authenticity and straightforwardness and single-mindedness of purpose, the traits that also helped make him Big Eight player of the year in 1977.
And that way is what makes him resonate as the fresh face of basketball in Missouri as MU seeks stability after churning through three coaches since Stewart retired in 1999.
That reverberated at the news conference.
"There's no way anybody who saw that could think that wasn't him," said his wife, Melissa. "What you see is what you get, really."
That helps explain why an unscientific poll by The Star asking readers to choose between loving and loathing his hiring yielded 1,779 votes in favor and 482 against.
And it's a reason that even those who wonder if this will work out can't help but want it to.
"I think Missouri people are kind of a unique breed," said Melissa Anderson, a Lee's Summit, Mo., native. "And he's like that. I think people can connect to that. He's generous. He is thoughtful. And he's one of us. One of them."
The forces that formed Anderson still radiate from here, the house a mile or so from the Missouri State Fairgrounds that Keith Anderson and his wife, Donna, bought 57 years ago.
It's the immaculately maintained home with the manicured lawn and the U.S. flag flying and a smaller Central Missouri banner on display - and dueling Mizzou logos etched in concrete at the doorstep.
Here, the melt-your-heart kind Keith Anderson, 85, delights in having a visitor in his living room, where he could still picture former Kansas coach Ted Owens showing his son post-up moves on a recruiting visit while Stewart was idling outside.
He calls the house where Kim Anderson shared a room with his younger brother, Kevin, "nothing fancy."
And that seems a point of pride for a longtime teacher, coach and referee who put himself through Central Missouri with jobs that included a few summers in Kansas City driving 4 a.m. delivery routes for The Star.
"We didn't have much," he said. "We kind of struggled there for a long time."
But not with the most precious things: nurturing their children and setting examples and providing opportunities for them.
Some of that started in the driveway for his two oldest children, Kim and Kathy, who is three years younger and became a basketball star, too: an All-American at Central Missouri and a member of the U.S. women's national team for three years entering the 1980 Olympics that the United States boycotted.
They learned to dribble on the gravel driveway, learned how to go left because of a bush in the way on the right that became their cushion for fadeaway shots.
"Bush didn't last long," Keith Anderson said. "They played until the dust would get thick out there. The backyard looked like a plowed field. Donna, my wife, she kept Kool-Aid out there all time."
Neighborhood kids congregated there, too, for basketball, and sometimes Wiffle ball.
But mostly it was Kim vs. Kathy, because Kevin was 10 years younger than Kim. The father remembers a lot of "pushing and shoving and griping" and sometimes crying.
"It was that really fine gravel, so if you fell down you were going to get scratched pretty good," Kim Anderson said. "Your hands were always skinned up."
The Andersons also could play in about any school gym around since their dad held keys as a longtime administrator and coach.
That was magic to the children, who saw - and see - their father as firm, fair, honorable and amiable.
He didn't wield an iron hand at home, but maybe he didn't need to because his children heard how he ran his classrooms.
As a teacher, he was known for accurately throwing tennis balls and chalkboard erasers at inattentive students.
"I'd be in jail by 8 o'clock in the morning now," he says, laughing.
Donna Anderson, who was working in special education when she died at 73 after suffering a heart attack in 2006, was more outgoing.
She was the one who needed to take care of everyone and everything, the one whose voice carried at every game her children played in, the one who instilled competitiveness in them.
The combination made for a remarkable reaction in their children, whether or not they recognized it at the time.
"We just wanted to be like them," said Kathy Anderson, now a senior associate athletic director at Central Missouri.
So they were respectful.
One elementary-school teacher told her family that Kim Anderson was her favorite student because he'd stay after school daily to help her clean. Kathy was apt to do the same, though she scoffed that Kim actually helped clean.
They were attentive and well-behaved ... even if Kathy Anderson wanted her brother asked how often he said he was going to the library and didn't.
"I'm not sure what she's insinuating," Kim Anderson said, with mock indignation. Still, Kim Anderson seldom, if ever, was in trouble.
"He wasn't a saint, but there was only one night I can remember he didn't come home when he was supposed to," Keith Anderson said. "We made a phone call or two, and he wasn't long to come home. I think that's about the only time we kind of restricted what he could do the next day or two."
And they learned to work.
Kim Anderson spent many summers working at the Sedalia Country Club, starting as a janitor and working his way up to manager.
They'd all work every summer at the state fair, where Kim Anderson typically helped with parking or selling concessions in the grandstands.
By the time Anderson arrived at MU in 1973, Stewart said, he was "eassssssy coaching" because of his parents.
Stewart and Anderson have vivid memories of their first meeting at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington about 46 years ago, possibly in 1967 before Stewart coached his first game at MU.
"It was on Court Three. I remember he came over; I was shooting," Anderson said. "We talked a little bit, and he took me to the goal, and we started working on post moves.
"That's pretty special when you're 12 years old. That always made a lasting impression on me that he took the time to do that."
Stewart came to make an even more indelible impression recruiting Anderson, who took visits to Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Texas and Vanderbilt. Anderson knew he would go to MU but hadn't been out of state much and just wanted to travel, but Stewart left little to chance.
Recruiting rules were more relaxed then, and down the stretch Anderson believes Stewart drove 190 miles round trip from Columbia every day for two weeks to either visit or just hover in the Smith-Cotton High cafeteria as Anderson ate.
Anderson went on to a thriving career at MU that included helping the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 32 years.
But that season ended with a chapter in MU's star-crossed history as the Tigers fell to Michigan 95-88 in an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game in 1976 ... despite Donna Anderson clutching her rosary in the stands in Louisville.
The game is best-known for Willie Smith's 43 points. But it also featured a controversial technical-foul call on Anderson with Mizzou leading 76-71 in the final 8 minutes after trailing 50-37 at halftime.
Anderson had escaped for a layup only to be undercut at the rim and grabbed it for self-preservation.
The layup was ruled a dunk, which wasn't allowed then, and Anderson was assessed a technical. Michigan got free throws and the ball and outscored rattled MU 24-12 in the final minutes.
Stewart still struggles some to talk about the ruling that arguably kept MU from its only Final Four.
Asked if the play had seemed game-changing, Stewart said, "Oh, it was more than that. ... That changed a lot of things."
Including, Stewart believes, the dunk being reinstated the next season.
At the time, Anderson felt the anguish but naively thought, "Well, we'll just come back next year."
Now he knows nothing can be taken for granted through a career that included playing briefly in the NBA and three years in Europe before starting his coaching life at Mizzou in 1982.
Anderson paid serious dues there, driving around the state with then-MU assistant Gary Filbert to conduct clinics, sometimes for $12.50 a day each, and selling sunglasses that read "Mizzou" on one lens and "Tigers" on the other before football games at Memorial Stadium.
"I truly have come a long way," Anderson said, laughing.
For a long time, it wasn't evident he would come back this way.
He spent 11 years in two coaching stints at Mizzou only to be jilted for the top job in 1999, a rejection that pained him and his wife but that they also learned to compartmentalize and not feed.
On he went to the Big 12, where he served as director of basketball operations for four years and kept absorbing tips from other coaches even as it appeared he wouldn't join their ranks again.
And on he went to Central Missouri when athletic director Jerry Hughes had a vision Anderson was the right man for the job.
And then Anderson took the Mules to his third Final Four and the championship in March to finally become the right man for the MU job when Frank Haith left for Tulsa.
Along the way, so many experiences have formed Anderson's profile.
But mostly he stayed true to himself and what he comes from, the same characteristics that always have and always will serve him well.
"If you want an eagle," Stewart said, "get an eagle egg."

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Coach Kim Anderson’s first recruit, small forward D’Angelo Allen, commits to MU basketball


The Kansas City Star
 — New Missouri coach Kim Anderson landed his first new recruit for the 2014-15 season when D’Angelo Allen, a small forward from Dallas, committed to the Tigers.

Allen’s AAU coach, Erven Davis of Dallas 

Showtyme Elite, confirmed that the versatile 6-foot-6 standout from Kimball High School in Dallas committed to Missouri during a weekend visit to Columbia.

“D’Angelo’s probably one of the best uncommitted prospects that’s out there right now,” Davis said. “He and his mother really enjoyed the visit. He was telling me, even when he’d only been there a few hours, how much he was enjoying it.”

Davis said Tigers assistant coach Tim Fuller had been recruiting Allen for a while and that connection helped sway Allen’s decision.

Allen also hit it off with Anderson during the weekend visit, cementing a commitment to Missouri.

“It’s an SEC program … and he has a chance to come in and make an impact as a freshman,” Davis said. “He can guard any perimeter position and he’s an adept ball-handler, so I think he’ll be able to play anywhere from the two to the four, depending on what’s needed.”

Davis compared Allen’s game to Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen from the standpoint of versatility and all-around impact.

“He’s a Scottie Pippen-type, a stat stuffer,” Davis said. “He can score, he can defend, he’s totally unselfish in his approach to the game. He can handle it, he can shoot the ball and has a good mid-range game. He can shoot some three-pointers.

“There’s really nothing he can’t do. He’s a young kid, just turned 17 recently, and the sky’s the limit for him. I think he’s going to be an impact player. I don’t think he’s just going to be good. He’ll be one of the ones we’re talking about one day.”

The Tigers have at least two remaining scholarships to fill next season after guards Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown left early for the NBA and transfer forward Zach Price was kicked off the team.

Allen fills one of those three openings, and State Fair Community College guard Kevin Punter, a junior college All-American who averaged 20.3 points last season, remains a possibility.

He committed to Missouri before former coach Frank Haith left last month and has since de-committed, but Punter is believed to be choosing between Missouri and Tennessee, where he visited this weekend.

Missouri convinced Jakeenan Gant, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Effingham County (Ga.) High School, to stay after Anderson was hired to replace Haith. He signed with the Tigers in November.

Pacific Hills shooting guard Namon Wright from Los Angeles, who also signed early with Missouri, has asked to be released from his national letter of intent, his high school coach Ivan Barahona told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.

Wright will meet with Anderson on Tuesday, so it’s possible the 6-foot-5 shooting guard could still play for the Tigers, but, if he decides to explore other options, Missouri would have three open scholarships again.

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Central Missouri's Kim Anderson has reached an agreement to become the coach at Missouri, the school announced.
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Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY SportsKim Anderson coached Central Missouri to a 30-5 record and the Division II national title in 2013-14.
Anderson is a Missouri alumnus. He will replace Frank Haith, who left last week for Tulsa, and takes over a program that lost its top three players.
He will be introduced by the school Tuesday at an 11 a.m. ET news conference.
Anderson led Central Missouri (30-5) to the 2014 Division II championship with a team that had 10 new players and only one returning player who averaged more than 4.7 points per game the previous season. The national title was the first for the Mules since 1984.
Anderson, 58, has been an assistant for Norm Stewart at Missouri and also at Baylor but has never been a head coach in Division I.
He played at Missouri from 1974 to 1977. He has been coach at Central Missouri for 12 years and won five conference titles and advanced to three Division II Final Fours.
"We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program," Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said in a statement. "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."'s Andy Katz contributed to this report.

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)

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.

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- For the past 12 years, Kim Anderson has brought tremendous honor to the University of Central Missouri as the Mules head basketball coach. He is not only known for the outstanding teams he has coached, including the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship team, but for his stellar reputation as a positive influence and role model for young people both on and off the court.

With his new position at MU, Coach Anderson carries on a great tradition of outstanding coaches like Phog Allen, Gene Bartow, Joe B. Hall, Lynn Nance and Jim Wooldridge, whose careers included coaching assignments on the UCM campus. The entire UCM community celebrates Coach Anderson's legacy at UCM, and wishes him much success in his new role. Although no decisions have been made, the university will soon begin looking at options and formulating plans to find the head coach's successor.

"We want to thank Coach Anderson for his contributions to Mules Basketball and the University of Central Missouri," said UCM Athletic Director Jerry Hughes. "He returned Mules Basketball to national prominence and helped to mentor young men both on and off the court. We wish him the very best in his new role at MU." 

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Mar 29, 2014; Evansville, IN, USA; West Liberty Hilltoppers guard Shawn Dyer (12) shoots against Central Missouri Mules guard Jon Gilliam (21) and forward/center Brennen Hughes (10) during the second half at Ford Center. Central Missouri defeated West Liberty 84-77. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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Central Missouri’s Kim Anderson chosen Division II coach of the year

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Central Missouri men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson was chosen Division II coach of the year Wednesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
He will receive the award Sunday during an awards show in conjunction with the Final Four in Dallas.
Anderson led the Mules to their first NCAA championship since 1984, and the first in his 12 years at Central Missouri, on Saturday with an 84-77 victory over West Liberty (W.Va.). Anderson is 274-95 in his career with the Mules and has recorded three consecutive 30-victory seasons.

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2013-2014 UCM Mules Basketball Roster

Garrett Sandbothe00Garrett SandbotheF/C6-7215R-So.Lee's Summit, Mo.Lee's Summit West HSPark University
Ryan Magdziarz1Ryan MagdziarzG6-3215Sr.Overland Park, Kan.Blue Valley HSJohnson County CC
Brad Woodson3Brad WoodsonG/F6-5190Fr.St. Louis, Mo.Vianney HS
Preston Brunz4Preston BrunzG6-1195R-Jr.Mankato, Minn.Mankato West HSKirkwood CC
Joe Davis5Joe DavisF6-5195R-Jr.Sylva, N.C.Smoky Mountain HSBrevard College
Brennen Hughes10Brennen HughesF/C6-6240Jr.Moberly, Mo.Moberly HSMoberly CC
Daylen Robinson11Daylen RobinsonG6-0190Sr.Kansas City, Mo.Northeast HSTexas Tech
TJ White12TJ WhiteG/F6-1185Jr.Raytown, Mo.O'Hara HSMoberly CC
Jordan Epps15Jordan EppsG5-11180So.Springfield, Mo.Nixa HSMissouri Valley
Jon Gilliam21Jon GilliamG6-2180Sr.Paris, Mo.Paris HSMoberly CC
Charles Hammork22Charles HammorkG/F6-6190Sr.New Orleans, La.Perry Walker HSCoffeyville CC
Connor Wheeler23Connor WheelerG6-2185So.Carbondale, Ill.DuQuoin HSJohn A Logan CC
Dillon Deck24Dillon DeckF/C6-9240Jr.Smithville, Mo.Smithville HSWilliam Jewell
Sean O'Brien30Sean O'BrienF/C6-9205Fr.St. Louis, Mo.Vianney HS
Ryan Donald32Ryan DonaldF6-7220Jr.Memphis, Tenn.Cordova HSShawnee CC
Kyle Wolf33Kyle WolfG/F6-6190Fr.Lenexa, Kan.Rockhurst HS
Coaching Staff
Kim AndersonKim AndersonHead Men's Basketball Coach
Brad LoosBrad LoosAssociate Head Men's Basketball Coach
Nate JohnsonNate JohnsonAssistant Men's Basketball Coach
Bryce BrunzBryce BrunzGraduate Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Marcus SantoroMarcus SantoroGraduate Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Dennis LarsonDennis LarsonStudent Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Division II basketball champions

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Central Missouri (30-5) also won the division title in 1984.Shawn Dyer led West Liberty (31-4) 19 points. West Liberty built a 35-26 lead 18 minutes into the game before the Mules came back to tie it 37. Neither team led by more than five points in the second half until the final 20 seconds in the game that had 14 ties and nine lead changes.

29 MAR 2014: General view of the opening tip off between Keene Cockburn (33) of West Liberty University and Dillon Deck (24) of the University of Central Missouri during the Division II Men's Basketball Championship held at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN. Joe Robbins/NCAA Photos
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Date: Mar 29, 2014
Mar 29, 2014; Evansville, IN, USA; Central Missouri Mules head coach Kim Anderson reacts during the first half against the West Liberty Hilltoppers at Ford Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
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Central Missouri's Daylen Robinson (11) drives past West Liberty's Kelvin Goodwin, left, and Cedric Harris (32) during the NCAA men's Division II championship basketball game in Evansville, Ind., Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2014. Central Missouri won 84-77. (AP Photo/The Courier & Press, Denny Simmons)  DENNY SIMMONS
Central Missouri's Daylen Robinson (11) drives past West Liberty's Kelvin Goodwin, left, and Cedric Harris (32) during the NCAA men's Division II championship basketball game in Evansville, Ind., Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2014. Central Missouri won 84-77. (AP Photo/The Courier & Press, Denny Simmons)

29 MAR 2014: University of Central Missouri players celebrate in the closing seconds against West Liberty University during the Division II Men's Basketball Championship held at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN. Central Missouri defeated West Liberty 84-77 for the national title. Joe Robbins/NCAA Photos
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Mar 29, 2014; Evansville, IN, USA; Central Missouri Mules guard Ryan Magdziarz (1) celebrates with guard Daylen Robinson (11) following the second half against the West Liberty Hilltoppers at Ford Center. Central Missouri defeated West Liberty 84-77. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 29, 2014; Evansville, IN, USA; Central Missouri Mules forward/center Dillon Deck (24) celebrates after cutting the net following the second half against the West Liberty Hilltoppers at Ford Center. Central Missouri defeated West Liberty 84-77. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports  Jamie Rhodes Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 29, 2014; Evansville, IN, USA; Central Missouri Mules guard Jon Gilliam (21) hugs guard Daylen Robinson (11) following the second half against the West Liberty Hilltoppers at Ford Center. Central Missouri defeated West Liberty 84-77. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports  Jamie Rhodes Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Anderson addresses welcome home rally in Warrensburg.

UCM Head Coach, Kim Anderson.  Previous coaches at UCM include Phog Allen, KU, Joe B. Hall Kentucky, Gene Bartow - UCLA, Memphis, UAB. Lynn Nance- Washington, Jim Wooldridge - K-State.

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Keith Kim Anderson (born May 12, 1955) is the Head Coach of the University of Central Missouri Mules Basketball team.[1] He has led the team to back-to-back MIAA championships and two appearances in the NCAA Division II Final Four in 2007 and 2009. He also lead the Mules to the NCAA Men's Divison II Basketball Final Four in 2014 and an appearance in the 2014 National Championship game with a victory over No. 1 Metro State (71-69) in the Final Four. He played collegiately for the University of Missouri.
Born in in Sedalia, Missouri, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2nd round (28th pick overall) of the 1977 NBA Draft and by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 7th round (146th pick overall) of the 1978 NBA Draft.
He played for the Trail Blazers (1978–79) in the NBA for 21 games.[2]
He also was a court coach for Team USA during the Pan American Games Team Trials. Was a junior forward on Norm Stewart's first Big Eight Conference championship team in 1976, then led the league in scoring and was it's "Player of the Year" in 1977. The Sedalia product was Academic All-Big Eight in 1975 and '77, and won Missouri's George Edwards Award for basketball excellence, academic ability, citizenship and character three times. He tallied 1,289 points in his career to rank among Missouri's top-20 alltime scorers. Anderson was a first-round pick of the NBA's Portland Trailblazers and also played professionally in Italy and France. From 1982 until earlier this year, he was an assistant basketball coach - 12 years at MU and six years at Baylor. He's currently the director of basketball operations for the Big 12 Conference.
  • Phog Allen - coached at UCM 1912-1919; compiled 84-31 record before returning to coach his alma mater, the University of Kansas.
  • Tom Scott - coached at UCM from 1939-1942 and 1945-46. Scott was lured away by the North Carolina Tar Heels, where he was head coach from 1946 to 1952, when replaced by Frank McGuire.
  • Earl Keth - Keth Memorial GC is named in honor of Dr. Earl Keth, who was Central Missouri State University’s first All-American in basketball. He was chosen to the Chuck Taylor All-America Team for the 1937-1938 season. That year the Mules captured the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB) Championship in Kansas City. The 32-team tournament, a forerunner of today’s NAIA Tournament, was considered college basketball’s first National Basketball Championship. Dr. Keth was also a standout performer on the Mules team that won the 1937 NAIB, which had a field of eight elite teams from around the country. In 1972, Keth was selected as one of ten players for the All-Time NAIB All-Tournament Team and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. In addition to his outstanding playing career at Central Missouri, Keth was the Mules Head Basketball Coach for 15 seasons from 1946 through 1961. He was the Mules Golf Coach from 1961 until the time of his death in 1972. He was the original architect of the golf course at Pertle Springs which has been named in his honor. On June 30, 1990 Dr. Keth was inducted posthumously into the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Gene Bartow - coached three seasons at UCM, 1961-1964; coached for 34 seasons at the collegiate level, including succeeding the legendary John Wooden at UCLA in 1975 and creating the basketball program at UAB.
  • Joe B. Hall - followed Bartow as coach for the 1964-65 season before going to the University of Kentucky, where he would eventually succeed the legendary Adolph Rupp in 1972.
  • Tad Reid  in 1938, KU alum Tad Reid lead Central Missouri State to the second of two consecutive NAIA titles. The 1937 and 1938 titles garnered by Reid were the first two tournaments ever played at the NAIA level.
  • Norm Short - In 1966, Short accepted the position of head basketball coach and physical education instructor at Central Missouri.  It began an association with UCM that has continued for 45 years.  By 1968, Short had turned the program around, finishing 14 and 9 overall, including a record of 8 and 2 in the MIAA and sharing the conference crown with Southwest Missouri.  It was only the 4th  MIAA title for Mules basketball in the previous 20 seasons.  In 1969, Short implemented a new offense that he picked up from Ted Owens at the University of Kansas.  With the Mules running the “Jayhawk” offense they went 19 and 6, winning six games by three points or less and earning the nickname the “Cardiac Kids”.
  • Tom Smith - Smith is a member of three Hall of Fame's including; the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, the Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Missouri Western Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006 as an individual and as part of his 1989-90 team that was inducted in 2011. Prior to coming to Missouri Western, Smith spent eight seasons as head coach at Valparaiso (Ind.) University.  Prior to that he spent his first head coaching stint at The University of Central Missouri from 1975-80 where he held a mark of 86-46 in five seasons. His 1979-80 team compiled a 26-2 record, and was the top-ranked team in the Division II poll for nine weeks. Smith received Coach of the Year honors in NCAA District V and the MIAA that season.
  • Bob Sundvold - Sundvold broke into the college coaching ranks as an assistant coach under Norm Stewart at the University of Missouri–Columbia. From 1978-1991 he helped the Tigers make nine NCAA Tournament appearances while winning six Big Eight Conference Championships and 286 total games.
    Sundvold then moved on to coach one season at Missouri State University in Springfield (formerly Southwest Missouri State University) for Charlie Spoonhour, as the Bears won the 1992 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament.  Following his one season at Missouri State, Sundvold took over as head coach at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg (former Central Missouri State University). His Mules teams posted 82 wins with trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament in each of his last three seasons. The 1995 squad was led by NCAA Division II Player of the Year Tyrone Latimer as Central Missouri State advanced to the Elite Eight.
    From Central Missouri State Sundvold was hired as the head coach at the University of Missouri–Kansas City serving four years for the Kangaroos. The team posted a winning season in 2000 placing second in the Mid-Continent Conference while winning the school’s first conference tournament game. UMKC was led by Michael Jackson, the 2000 Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year.
  • Don Doucette , formerly the head men's basketball coach at Newbury College, Central Missouri State, North Carolina-Ashville, UMass-Lowell, Salem State and Chaminade, will join the University of New Hampshire men's basketball program as the associate head coach in July. He replaces Jim Woods, who resigned in May. The announcement was made today by fifth-year head coach Phil Rowe.
  • Lynn Nance - came to UCM from Iowa State in time for the 1980-81 season. Nance led the Mules to their third national championship in 1984. He stayed at the helm until 1985 and finished with a record of 115-35. He went on to coach at the University of Washington.
  • Jim Wooldridge - followed Nance, coaching 1985-91, in which he compiled a record of 131-48. His final three squads made the Sweet Sixteen in Division II. He coached in the Big 12 at Kansas State University from 2000-2006.

National roundup: Central Missouri wins NCAA Div. II championship


Posted: March 30, 2014 - 12:26am
Central Missouri's Daylen Robinson (11) drives past West Liberty's Kelvin Goodwin, left, and Cedric Harris (32) during the NCAA men's Division II championship basketball game in Evansville, Ind., Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2014. Central Missouri won 84-77. (AP Photo/The Courier & Press, Denny Simmons)  DENNY SIMMONS
Central Missouri's Daylen Robinson (11) drives past West Liberty's Kelvin Goodwin, left, and Cedric Harris (32) during the NCAA men's Division II championship basketball game in Evansville, Ind., Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2014. Central Missouri won 84-77. (AP Photo/The Courier & Press, Denny Simmons
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Central Missouri won the NCAA Division II championship game with defense,
Facing a West Liberty squad that averaged 101 points, the Mules held the Hilltoppers 24 below their average Saturday in an 84-77 victory. Daylen Robinson scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half for Central Missouri.
“Defense was the difference at the end,” said Robinson, the tournament MVP. “Coach (Kim Anderson) said, ‘We need stops these 4 minutes,’ and that’s just what we did. We knew we had to contest their shots, or they would score a bunch of points. We kept our poise late in the game, offensively and defensively.” Dillon Deck added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Central Missouri (30-5), including two key baskets in the final 4 minutes. The Mules also won the division II title in 1984.
Robinson hit a 3-pointer with 8:18 left to tie it at 65, then made it 68-65 with another 3-pointer 90 seconds later. The Mules never trailed again.Central Missouri could not pull away, however.
UCM led 76-73 with less than 3 minutes to go, and that’s when defense began to take over. The 6-foot-9 Deck deflected two shots, then stepped up and made a key basket to put his team ahead 78-73 with 1:40 to go. After C.J. Hester cut Central Missouri’s lead to 78-75 with a pair of free throws, Deck grabbed an offensive rebound following a missed free throw, was fouled, and hit both free throws to put the Mules up 80-75.
West Liberty came up empty the next two times downcourt, and the Mules held on..
“Every coach dreams of winning a national championship, but that only happened to me because of the players around me,” Anderson said. “Their ability to stay focused and not get rattled showed through again. This was a very difficult opponent for us. We knew if West Liberty put up 101 points in this game, we wouldn’t win.”
West Liberty built a 35-26 lead before the Mules came back to tie it at 37 late in the first half. Neither team led by more than five points in the second half until the final 20 seconds in the game that had 14 ties and nine lead changes.
Shawn Dyer led West Liberty (31-4) with 19 points, and Cedric Harris had 18 — 14 in the first half.
“It’s tough getting this far, and going home without a championship,” West Liberty coach Jim Crutchfield said. “These guys are hurting right now. In a few days, well, maybe a few years, they’ll look back and be very proud of their accomplishments.”
Missouri Central students, from left, Logan Northup and Mario Garciduenas celebrate during their 84-77 win over West Liberty in the NCAA Division II men’s basketball championship at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., Saturday, March 29, 2014. Denny Simmons —— The Associated Press

Wins 30 years after they won their first
The MIAA: Kansas City, Mo. (March 29, 2014) – Central Missouri defeated West Liberty 84-77 to win the second Men’s Basketball National Championship in the school’s Division II history. After seeing no one lead by more five for much of the half UCM closed out the game on a 6-2 run to ice the game.
Central Missouri knocked down 11 three pointers and out rebounded the Hilltoppers 44-36 in the game. The Mules shot .524 from the three-point line and got 18 offensive boards in the win.
Dillon Deck led the way with a double-double scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Daylen Robinson was three of five from behind the three points line dropping a game high 21 points.
Jordan Epps scored 11 points and Charles Hammork had nine points and a game high 12 rebounds while also dishing six assists. Preson Brunz also added nine points and TJ White added had seven rebounds.
The Mules went 30-5 on the season winning their last five straight after winning the MIAA regular season title.
Notes: The MIAA becomes the first conference in Division II to have teams win the Football and Men’s Basketball National Championships during the same school year after Northwest Missouri won the football title in December…The MIAA was the most recent conference to have teams win the title in football and basketball as in 2009 Northwest Missouri won the football championship and the Emporia State women’s basketball team also won the national title…That last two MIAA basketball teams to win the national title (UCM Men & ESU Women) did not win the conference tournament that season…It was the 30th anniversary of the last time that UCM won the nation title, winning the 1984 game over Saint Augustine’s 81-77 in Springfield, Mass.

Central Missouri's Dillon Deck (24) shoots over Metro State's Will Sinclair (2) during their game at the 2014 NCAA Division II National Semifinals at the Ford Center in Evansville Thursday night, March 27, 2014. The 20th-ranked Central Missouri Mules knocked off the number one-ranked Metro State Roadrunners 69-71. Photo by The Associated Press.
Meryl Lin McKean, UCM Alum
Mar 29, 2014; Evansville, IN, USA; Central Missouri Mules guard/forward Charles Hammork (22) dribbles against West Liberty Hilltoppers forward Mike Lamberti (24) during the second half at Ford Center. Central Missouri defeated West Liberty 84-77. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
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Date: Mar 29, 2014

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014

Central Missouri’s Anderson wins one for the good guys

The Kansas City Star
For most of the frantic Division II national title game Saturday, Central Missouri coach Kim Anderson radiated his customary pose of poise.
There he stood on the sideline, stoic, his arms crossed, projecting a restrained strength he wanted his team to absorb all through the dizzying nine lead changes and 14 ties in the Mules’ 84-77 win over West Liberty.
He even transmitted calm when it was the last thing he felt, like when the Mules lost the ball out of bounds with 50 seconds left and leading by three and he felt a certain paranoid “vision.”

Kim Anderson, UCM Coach

Then there was this:
Amid a surge capped by Raytown product TJ White’s layup that gave Central Missouri a nine-point lead with 10 seconds left, Anderson started crying and hugging anybody nearby. He buried his head in the shoulder of guard Jon Gilliam and assistant coach Brad Loos or some combination thereof.
If you know him, you might have wanted to be in on that, too. Score one for the Mules but also one for dignity and grace, which are in short supply all over but always have been Anderson’s hallmarks.
“Just thrilled for him,” legendary Mizzou coach Norm Stewart, for whom Anderson played and coached, said via telephone Saturday.
And Stewart surely spoke for many about Anderson, who didn’t expect to coach again after he took a job with the Big 12 after being passed over in favor of Quin Snyder to succeed Stewart.
When this moment arrived, it hit fast: Before Anderson even entered the postgame handshake line, someone handed him the trophy to lug along.
“They wanted to give it to me in a hurry,” he joked, “before something changed.”
Even in between taking a call from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, with whom he used to play pickup ball, and snipping at the nets on both ends, Anderson, 58, still was in disbelief.
“I’m going to cry some more, I’m going to tell you that right now,” he said, misting up. “Told you. … You coach forever, and you always say, ‘We’re going to win a national championship,’ but how many people do? And there’s a lot better coaches than me around that haven’t won one.
“But we won one today.”
They won it before a national television audience on CBS on the 30th anniversary of Central Missouri’s remarkable men’s and women’s national championships in the same year.
“To have our institution showcased live on CBS, 3.1 million people and live on Westwood One radio all across the nation, you can’t buy that,” said Central Missouri athletic director Jerry Hughes, who was in his second year on the job for the last title.
They won it before a crowd of 4,742, which doesn’t seem like a lot but sounded like a lot since some two-thirds were Mules fans, including four busloads of students who came 380 miles on Saturday morning. It felt like a home game for Central Missouri.
“That’s Mule Nation,” Anderson said.
And as if to remind that the Mule is in fact the state mascot, they did it with a roster of nine native Missourians. From Moberly and Nixa and Paris and St. Louis and …
“A lot of kids from Kansas City,” noted Stewart, who watched intently on TV and perhaps offered some officiating advice along the way.
It was Kansas City-area kids and longtime friends Daylen Robinson and TJ White who combined for the game-winning bucket in the national semifinal on Thursday. And Robinson (21 points), Smithville’s Dillon Deck (16 points and 10 rebounds) and Charles Hammork (a New Orleans native) made the All-Elite Eight team.
Hammork had six assists and 12 rebounds Saturday but struggled some, missing so many shots that at one point he decided he wouldn’t take any more.
But he was too open to help himself when he hit a three-pointer that gave the Mules a 76-71 lead with 3:50 left, just after the Hilltoppers had cut it to 73-71 on a layup that proved to be their last basket until a token layup with 2 seconds left.
Hammork has been complicated for Anderson, who sent him home from a tournament last year. But every time Hammork looked to the bench on Saturday, Anderson was pumping his fist in encouragement.
“Well, here’s the story about ol’ Chuck,” Anderson said. “Chuck and I have been through a lot.”
Then his voice betrayed him, forcing him to pause long seconds as tears leaked.
On virtually every level, Anderson’s emotions were about those relationships — what this means to others. This doesn’t make him a different coach, and it’s not validation he needed.
But he loves to compete, and this has been a long time coming. And coaching seemed over when he went to the Big 12.
Until Hughes drove to Kansas City during the 2002 Big 12 tournament to woo him.
Hughes knew Anderson was from Sedalia, that his parents had gone to Central Missouri and that his sister Kathy had been an All-America basketball player there. He’d seen him play in high school and at MU, where he was Big Eight player of the year in 1977, and he knew there was a reason he kept being recognized for character.
Anderson was happy at the Big 12 but had always wanted to be a head coach. Maybe there’s no other job he would have taken, but this was home, too.
“I wanted to see if I could do it,” he said, smiling and adding, “I really was not sure what I was doing when I got there.”
Just the same, he took the Mules to Final Fours in 2007 and 2009 only to lose heartbreakers in the national semifinals.
And on Saturday he experienced a different sort of heartbreak -- the kind that comes when emotional walls fall.
“I still can’t believe it,” Anderson said, reassuring himself with the official stat sheet and two snipped-down nets he was holding.

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Central Missouri’s Robinson looks back fondly on road he chose

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Daylen Robinson’s story could have had a different ending than the one that will unfold Saturday afternoon.
That is when Central Missouri will take the floor at the Ford Center for an NCAA Division II national championship showdown against West Liberty.
It remains to be seen if Robinson goes out a champion. But not too long ago, after a stellar high school career at Northeast, he thought about going a different route.
“Coming out of high school, I had to go to junior college, and I was rethinking going to college, period,” said Robinson, a senior point guard. “I thought about going overseas.”
Robinson stuck with going to college, playing at Moberly Community College in Moberly, Mo., before spending last season at Texas Tech.
He landed at Central Missouri this year and is in a position to help the 20th-ranked Mules, 29-5, win their second title in program history. The first was won in 1984, the last time Central Missouri played for the championship.
The Mules’ opponent, seventh-ranked West Liberty (W.Va.), 31-3, is in the title game for the first time.
“This is one of the greatest experiences I’ve had, and one of the best decisions I ever made was coming to this program,” said Robinson, who averages 12.9 points per outing and has dished out 178 assists. “I never thought I would get this chance to make this dream come true.”
Robinson is one of 10 new players for the Mules, and one of a handful of players from the Kansas City area.
Teammate TJ White, a junior guard out of O’Hara has been Robinson’s friend since middle school.
Junior forward/center Dillon Deck (Smithville), senior guard Ryan Magdziarz (Blue Valley) and freshman guard/forward Kyle Wolfe (Rockhurst) are also from the area.
Robinson said he and his teammates share a special bond because of the time they spend off the court, but noted his relationship with White is as special as it gets. They were teammates in junior high and played together at Moberly as well.
“We have an unbreakable bond,” Robinson said. “He is like a brother to me. He and I share a bond that I don’t have with anyone else.”
The fact that Central Missouri could make a run at the title despite having a different look than a year ago is, in part, a credit to the leadership of Charles Hammork, Jon Gilliam and Magdziarz.
“I think we had a good mix of players, and I also think our senior leadership has been tremendous,” Central Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. “Those guys did a great job of bringing this team together.”
A grueling preseason also served Central Missouri well.
“We had a boot camp with the ROTC officers, and we grinded every day,” Deck said. “We put in a lot of hard work and really came together as a team during the camp. It built the bond we have right now.”
The bond is evident on the court. The Mules average 80.4 points per game and allow 68.2. Ten players average five or more points per outing, and the Mules average 13.1 assists per game.
Teamwork will be key against the Hilltoppers, who play up-tempo basketball, living off forced turnovers and shots on the perimeter.
Anderson said dealing with West Liberty, which averages 100.5 points and features seven players scoring 10 or more points per outing, won’t be easy.
Yet, he is confident in the game plan and likes the focus of his team.
“Our focus has been unbelievable ever since we lost in the conference tournament,” Anderson said. “We had video on during breakfast this morning, and normally we don’t do that. The guys were all glaring at the TV.”
Deck can’t wait to put the preparation behind him and just play.
“It’s a great feeling,” Deck said. “I never thought I’d be able to say I get to play for a national championship. It’s exciting.”

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‘Something I can remember forever’

Central Missouri's Charles Hammork's long road to champion

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- This is why Central Missouri's Chuck Hammork had skipped the fall and waited for one final eligible semester of college basketball.

With less than four minutes remaining in the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship game Saturday, Hammork hit a 3-point shot that gave the Mules a five-point advantage against West Liberty. With less than a minute left, he ripped down one of his 12 rebounds.

Seconds after Hammork's final rebound of the game, confetti blasted into the air and Hammork and his teammates jumped into a celebratory pile at mid-court at the Ford Center.

The Mules had finished off an 84-77 victory. Champions, at last.

"It means a whole lot to me. I know this is something I can remember forever," Hammork said. "No one can take it away from me no matter what. I'm just so happy. I never won a championship. This is my first time ever playing in a championship game. It's just really wonderful."

The Mules had plenty of other heroes. Senior guard Daylen Robinson, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Junior forward Dillon Deck had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The game had attracted so much interest among Central Missouri students and fans that four buses packed with students headed from Warrensburg to Evansville. Of the 4,742 at the Ford Center, more than half were Mules fans.

"I'm proud of these guys," said Central coach Kim Anderson, who won his first national title. "You saw that crowd. I'm proud to be part of this institution."

When it came time to discuss Hammork, Anderson turned emotional in the postgame press conference nearly an hour after all the nets were cut down and the last team photo had been taken. He brought his hands to his face. He looked down, attempting to hide his wetting eyes.

Hammork had not only missed the fall semester because he had only one basketball-eligible semester left, but Anderson nearly kicked him off the team at a mid-season tournament in Las Vegas last year. Here's a player who lived through Hurricane Katrina in the inner city of New Orleans with his mom and his younger sister, a guy whose family watched Saturday's game on TV.

"Here's the thing about ol' Chuck," Anderson said. "Chuck and I have been through a lot."

And that only made their relationship stronger, especially for Saturday's game when the Mules had to answer a nine-point deficit to the nation's highest-scoring team during the regular season.

"If I was going down, I was going down with Chuck," Anderson said.

Hammork wound up having one of the games of his life. His 12 rebounds were two more than anybody else. He had a team-high six assists. After missing four-of-five shots in the first half, he had to turn to other parts of his game.

"I told myself I wasn't shooting any more," Hammork said.

Assistant coach Nate Johnson had a different message.

"He told me, 'Chuck, you've worked so hard for this. Your shots are going to fall. Keep doing what you've been doing and keep grabbing rebounds,' " Hammork said. "With the team and the coaches giving me that much confidence, my confidence goes sky high."

It wasn't always that way.

Anderson was so upset with Hammork at a tournament in Las Vegas last year, Hammork's first season with the team as a junior, that Anderson sent him back to campus.
"I didn't think his attitude was very good toward me and toward our team," Anderson said. "I put him on the plane and sent him back home."
Hammork called Anderson while he was still in Vegas and apologized.
Anderson didn't dismiss him from the team, but he didn't allow Hammork to remain with the team in Las Vegas.
"I think that was the defining moment for him," Anderson said. "I was going to take the ball away from him. He asked me to give him another chance. And I did."
Hammork turned around so quickly that he only missed three games. Then came the decision for 2013-14. He had only one eligible semester remaining. He chose the second semester, meaning that during the fall he stayed in New Orleans to work out. He was not allowed, per NCAA rules, to practice or even do individual workouts at Central Missouri.
One morning at precisely 2:14 a.m., Anderson was woken up at home by a text message on his cell phone. It was Hammork. The message was to inform Anderson that he was running. At two in the morning.
"I give a lot of credit to my friends back at home," Hammork said. "A lot of them helped me. They gave me confidence and worked out with me.
They made sure I was running every morning, going to the gym even when I didn't want to."
So when Hammork played such a key role in leading Central Missouri to its second basketball national title Saturday, Anderson was among the most happy. The dark days of Vegas were a distant memory now.
"He's been unbelievable since he came back," Anderson said. "He's grown up. He's matured. As a player, but more so as a person and a leader

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014

Being there as Kim Anderson fulfilled his vision was special

The Kansas City Star

Chances are you never saw the 1985 movie “Vision Quest.”
I remember it well, partly because I saw it a few days after I’d quit my first job back in Philadelphia … and my roommate got laid off a day later … and one day we needed a diversion from looking for jobs all day.
So we want to a matinee, since it was all we could afford. We were the only two people in the theater when the film started.
Loved the movie, which I’m not sure stands the test of time. But one scene has held up for me ever since. (Warning: some language not acceptable for children).
It starts with Matthew Modine’s character, high school wrestler Louden Swain, being puzzled over why crusty, crude Elmo, with whom he works in a kitchen, is taking a night off and getting dressed up.
It was, of course, to see Louden wrestle against the best but also to bear witness to this momentous event in his life.
For some reason, I’ve been thinking about that scene a lot (minus the graphic language I’d forgotten was part of it) since I was privileged to be in Evansville, Ind., to watch Kim Anderson’s University of Central Missouri Mules play for the national title Saturday against West Liberty.
This isn’t a perfect parallel, of course, just something that connected with me and maybe isn’t explainable. But that’s what blogs are for, right?
I’ve known Anderson for more than 20 years and his wife, Melissa, almost as long, going back to Missouri’s 1995 exhibition tour of Australia. They were all stuck with me as the only reporter in the traveling party, so I ate with the team, stayed with the team, went to the Great Barrier Reef with the team, etc. Great experience on many levels.
Along the way, Anderson took the helm a couple times and perhaps restored some order when head coach Norm Stewart was kicked out of two games.
(It might sound like the volatile Stewart was an international incident waiting to happen, but he was legitimately concerned about the safety of his players each time. Which I guess is why one time he refused to leave, citing the fact “I’m a visitor in your country.”)
Anyway, Anderson was then, remains and always will be a calming, kind and authentic person. He’s someone you’re always glad to see coming.
He’s also very good at his work, as the crowning achievement amplified Saturday.
All of which is a bit of why I wanted to drive 400-plus miles, clean up and put on my new sports coat and bear witness to his moment — “a better place to be, if only for a minute,” for the rest of us.

Central Missouri receives a champion’s welcome home, as Warrensburg celebrates the basketball team’s national championship (VIDEO)

Fans line the streets of Warrensburg as members of the Central Missouri basketball team make their way through the parade route (photo/UCM athletics)
Fans line the streets of Warrensburg as members of the Central Missouri basketball team make their way through the parade route (photo/UCM athletics)
A crowd of over 3,000 people packed the streets of Warrensburg and the Multipurpose Building Arena to celebrate the Central Missouri Mules’ 2014 Men’s Basketball National Championship. The Mules claimed their second NCAA-II National Championship and their fourth national title overall with an 84-77 win over West Liberty (W.Va.) on Saturday in Evansville, Ind.
The crowd lined the streets of Warrensburg as the team rolled through campus and into the arena. Once inside the arena, the team was greeted in the locker room by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
Once inside the arena, the team and fans were greeted by thousands of screaming fans, performances by the UCM pep band, cheerleaders and Mulekickers. UCM President Dr. Chuck Ambrose, Senator David Pierce, Athletic Director Jerry Hughes and Governor Nixon all spoke to the crowd. A highlight video of the Mules’ national championship run was played on the arena videoboard. Seniors Jon Gilliam and Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player Daylen Robinson spoke to the crowd before head coach Kim Anderson wrapped up the night.
UCM players and coaches signed autographs for all the fans in attendance.  Here’s a video from UCM’s Instagram page showing the packed Multipurpose building.

Kim Anderson (1973-77)

Despite being one of the smallest centers in the conference, Kim Andersonplayed a key role for Missouri teams in his sophomore and junior seasons when he averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per game, and helped the Tigers to the 1976 Big Eight championship and a run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. As a senior in 1976-77, however, he became Mizzou’s leader when he propelled the Tigers to a 21-8 record and was named Big Eight Player of the Year by UPI. That season, he scored a career-high 38 points in a win over Kansas, and he led the league in scoring with 22.1 points per game in conference play, while averaging 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds overall. Anderson later became an assistant coach on Norm Stewart’s staff, and is currently the head coach at Central Missouri State.
1984 Champions Mules and Jennies

Jennies 1984 National Championship Roster 
The 1983-84 CMSU Jennies roster included: Head Coach Jorja Hoehn; Assistants Ginny Sutton, Leanna Bordner, Kathy Hagerstrom, Jonathon Pye; Players Jackie Harris, Alesia Prince, Fawna Harrison, Shara Sherman, Karen Reese, Tammy Noah, Rosie Jones, Carla Eades, Sheri Hartenberger, Faith Zimmerman, Pat Staszak; Managers Carol Burnham, Janet Wolf, Michelle Calder.
NCAA Division II National Champions – 1984

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Kim Anderson played collegiately at the University of Missouri from 1973-1977, where in 1976, he was a part of Norm Stewart’s first Big 8 Conference championship team. He led the league in scoring and was named Big 8 Player of the Year in 1977. Anderson scored 1,289 points in his career to rank among Missouri’s top-20 all-time scorers. Kim spent many years as an assistant coach at Mizzou, but his longest head coaching tenure has been at the University of Central Missouri. There, he has won more games than any other coach in school history with a 222-82 (.730) career record. He has guided the Mules to two Final Fours, four MIAA regular season championships and three MIAA Tournament Titles. Anderson’s .730 overall winning percentage ranks fifth among all active NCAA-II coaches.
Anderson was hired to become the Missouri Tigers head basketball coach in April, 2014.

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