Columbia, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Missouri ended its search after hiring Central Missouri mentor Kim Anderson as its 18th men’s basketball coach.
Anderson, a former MU player and assistant who coached Central Missouri to the NCAA Division II national championship last month, will be officially introduced later Tuesday.
The 58-year-old Anderson has strong ties to the Missouri basketball program’s glory years under Norm Stewart, who retired in 1999.
“Obviously, I’m humbled and appreciative and feel privileged to be able to do this,” Anderson said on the team’s athletics website. He will replace Frank Haith, who left for Tulsa last week.
“We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program,” said athletic director Mike Alden Alden. “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.”
Anderson played for Stewart during 1973-77 and helped power the Tigers’ first conference championship in the Big Eight.
As a senior, he earned the conference player of the year honors after averaging 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds.
After a five-year professional career, Anderson returned to Missouri as a graduate assistant on Stewart’s staff during 1982-85.
He spent the next six seasons as an assistant for Gene Iba at Baylor. Anderson returned to Missouri again as Stewart’s full-time assistant from 1991-99.