Kim Anderson has become the new head coach of Missouri's Division I basketball team.
Kim Anderson is not a new name for Missouri's basketball scene. Anderson was a part of Missouri's basketball team in the 1970s era. In 1977, he was the Big Eight player of the year.
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Kim Anderson also worked as an assistant basketball coach at Missouri for 11 years. He has been the coach of Central Missouri for the past 12 seasons. And he was the man who took Central Missouri to the Division II national championship this year.
Now the school announced Monday that it had named Kim Anderson as the new head basketball coach at Missouri.
"We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program," athletic director Mike Alden said. "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."
58 years old Anderson replaces Frank Haith. Haith left Missouri and is currently the head coach at Tulsa. And now Kim Anderson will become the first Division I head coach for the first time in his life.
"I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to return to Mizzou and lead a program that our family is so vested in," Anderson said in a release. "When we took over in Warrensburg 12 years ago, we faced an uphill battle. We had support, we had a winning history and great campus leadership, but the program had lost its identity.
I see that same opportunity here at Missouri. We have great leadership with Dr. Loftin and Mike Alden, and I know we have a passionate fan base. 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."
Source: Yahoo! Sports