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Anderson named Missouri coach

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Kim Anderson, who led Central Missouri to the Division II national championship this year, was named the new head basketball coach at Missouri, the school announced Monday.

Anderson is not a stranger to the Tigers program. He played for Missouri, and was the Big Eight player of the year in 1977. He was also a Missouri assistant coach for 11 years.

He has spent the last 12 seasons as the coach of Central Missouri. He went 274-94 there, and his team played in seven Division II NCAA tournaments. Central Missouri went 30-5 this season.

Anderson, 58, replaces Frank Haith, who left to take the head coaching vacancy at Tulsa. This is Anderson’s first Division I head coaching job.

“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.”

Anderson will be officially introduced at a press conference on Tuesday.

“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.”

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