Missouri Introduces Kim Anderson as Men’s Basketball Coach

Chinmay Vaidya covers the press conference where Missouri introduced Kim Anderson as the men’s basketball coach.

By Sam Weiger, 23 Sports

Tuesday, April 29-

11 days ago, former head coach Frank Haith decided to cut ties with Mizzou’s basketball program via text message.  Missouri has already selected its new coach in Kim Anderson.

Anderson, a Mizzou alumnus, has shown that he can lead a successful program. He was the National Association of Basketball Coaches coach of the year in 2014.  Anderson led Central Missouri to a 30-5 record and its first Division II championship since 1984.  In addition, he has won five conference titles and advanced to three Division II Final Fours with the Mules.

The 58-year-old has never been a head coach in Division I, but has served as assistant coach at Missouri and Baylor.  Anderson’s history with Missouri does not stop there.  He played for the Tigers from 1974-1977.  Anderson’s past with Mizzou is something that not many coaches have with their teams.

Anderson will have to work with a Missouri team that just lost its top three players from last season.  This obstacle does not intimidate Anderson because he dealt with a similar situation when Central Missouri hired him.

Anderson will focus on convincing Mizzou’s top two recruits, JaKeenan Gant and Namon Wright, to stay with the Tigers.  Gant’s height and athleticism helped him become Georgia’s Mr. Basketball while averaging 21 points and 10.5 rebounds.  Wright averaged 24.2 points and 9.4 rebounds, making him one of the top prospects in California.