Central Missouri's Kim Anderson has reached an agreement to become the coach at Missouri, the school announced. 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 was the NABC national coach of the year this season, leading 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." Anderson compared the situation to the one he faced when he was hired at Central Missouri 12 years ago and "the program had lost its identity." "I see that same opportunity here at Missouri," Anderson said. "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."
Missouri hires Kim Anderson
ESPN | Apr 28