MU names Kim Anderson new men's head basketball coach

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri named Kim Anderson its new men's head basketball coach on Monday.
Anderson, a Sedalia, MO., native and MU graduate comes to Mizzou after leading the University of Central Missouri to the Division II National Championship earlier this year.

“We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program,” MU Athletic Director Mike Alden said in a statement. "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."

The UM Board of Curators met earlier Monday to approve Anderson's contract. The University did not immediately release any details about the new contract.

"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," Anderson said in a statement.

MU hired Anderson just more than one week after Frank Haith left MU to become to head coach at the University of Tulsa.

Anderson is no stranger to the court or sidelines at MU. He played for the Tigers from 1974 to 1977 and helped the Tigers to it's first Big Eight title in 1976 under Hall of Fame coach Norm Stewart.

After earning two degrees from MU, the Portland Trail Blazers drafted Anderson in the 1977 NBA Draft. He went on to play 21 games for the Blazers during the 1978-1979 season for the late head coach Dr. Jack Ramsey.

Anderson then returned to MU and served 11 years (1982-1985 and 1991-1999) as an assistant coach under Stewart. From 1985-1991 Anderson left MU to become an assistant coach at Baylor.

Before taking the job at UCM, Anderson served as an assistant commissioner in the Big 12 office.

During his 12 years as head coach in Warrensburg, MO., Anderson led the Mules to five conference titles and three Division II Final Fours.

MU plans to introduce Anderson at a 10 a.m. news conference Tuesday morning in Columbia, Mo.

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