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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Posted on Wed, Apr. 02, 2014
Central Missouri’s Kim Anderson chosen Division II coach of the year
The Kansas City Star
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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|MAGE||#||NAME||POS.||HT.||WT.||YR.||HOMETOWN||HIGH SCHOOL||PREVIOUS SCHOOL|
|00||Garrett Sandbothe||F/C||215||R-So.||Lee's Summit, Mo.||Lee's Summit West HS||Park University|
|1||Ryan Magdziarz||G||215||Sr.||Overland Park, Kan.||Blue Valley HS||Johnson County CC|
|3||Brad Woodson||G/F||190||Fr.||St. Louis, Mo.||Vianney HS|
|4||Preston Brunz||G||195||R-Jr.||Mankato, Minn.||Mankato West HS||Kirkwood CC|
|5||Joe Davis||F||195||R-Jr.||Sylva, N.C.||Smoky Mountain HS||Brevard College|
|10||Brennen Hughes||F/C||240||Jr.||Moberly, Mo.||Moberly HS||Moberly CC|
|11||Daylen Robinson||G||190||Sr.||Kansas City, Mo.||Northeast HS||Texas Tech|
|12||TJ White||G/F||185||Jr.||Raytown, Mo.||O'Hara HS||Moberly CC|
|15||Jordan Epps||G||180||So.||Springfield, Mo.||Nixa HS||Missouri Valley|
|21||Jon Gilliam||G||180||Sr.||Paris, Mo.||Paris HS||Moberly CC|
|22||Charles Hammork||G/F||190||Sr.||New Orleans, La.||Perry Walker HS||Coffeyville CC|
|23||Connor Wheeler||G||185||So.||Carbondale, Ill.||DuQuoin HS||John A Logan CC|
|24||Dillon Deck||F/C||240||Jr.||Smithville, Mo.||Smithville HS||William Jewell|
|30||Sean O'Brien||F/C||205||Fr.||St. Louis, Mo.||Vianney HS|
|32||Ryan Donald||F||220||Jr.||Memphis, Tenn.||Cordova HS||Shawnee CC|
|33||Kyle Wolf||G/F||190||Fr.||Lenexa, Kan.||Rockhurst HS|
|Kim Anderson||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
|Brad Loos||Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach|
|Nate Johnson||Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
|Bryce Brunz||Graduate Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
|Marcus Santoro||Graduate Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
|Dennis Larson||Student Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|