The Missouri Tigers went to the past to find the successor to Frank Haith as the Tigers have named former player and assistant coach Kim Anderson as the team’s head basketball coach, according to Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Anderson, 58, led Central Missouri to the school’s fourth national title this season, the school’s first in 30 years with a 30-5 record. He is the reigning Division II Coach of the Year and has made three Final Four appearances since 2007.
Missouri’s 15th all-time leading scorer was an assistant on legendary coach Norm Stewart’s staff from 1982-85 and from 1991-99 before leaving to be an assistant commissioner in the Big 12 and eventually leaving for the Central Missouri job where he has been since 2002.
Anderson will be formally introduced at a 10 a.m. press conference tomorrow at Reynolds Alumni Center. Terms of Anderson’s contract were not immediately known but Walentik tweeted that that information will be disclosed.
Missouri is two seasons removed from a 30-win season but missed the NCAA Tournament this season and lose a number of key performers, so Anderson will have his work cut for him to get his alma mater back to the big dance, but he’s built programs before and should be able to do so at Missouri.