Missouri Tabs Anderson as Head Coach

Published 04/28 2014 08:47PM

Updated 04/29 2014 12:09AM

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) After a 10-day search, Missouri announced on Monday that Kim Anderson has been hired as their next head men's basketball coach.

Anderson, a former Mizzou player and assistant, is coming off a Division II National Championship run in his 12th and final season with Central Missouri. Following Frank Haith's departure, Anderson's name was quickly brought up as a dark horse to take over the Tigers.

"We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program," Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden said in a release. "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 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 served as an assistant under the program's all-time wins leader, Norm Stewart, before taking the head job at UCM. Over his time in Warrensburg, the Mules won more games than any other MIAA program. He took the program to three Final Fours, six MIAA Regular Season Championships, four MIAA Tournament titles, and leaves as the school's wins leader with a 274-95 overall record.

"We want to thank Coach Anderson for his contributions to Mules Basketball and the University of Central Missouri," UCM Athletic Director Jerry Hughes said in a statement. "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."

UCM swept Missouri Western and took two of three meetings with Northwest in Anderson's last season, including a win over the Bearcats in the Central Region Final in  Mankato, Minn. on the way to the national title.

He played at Missouri from 1973-1977 as a part of Stewarts' first Big 8 Conference Championship team. He was named the conference player of the year in 1977 after leading the league in scoring.

He was drafted in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers.

Missouri will introduce Anderson at press conference at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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