The University of Missouri announced on Monday that former University of Central Missouri head coach Kim Anderson, 58, a two-time graduate of Mizzou (â??79 and â??81) and the 2014 NABC National Coach of the Year, has agreed to become the 18th men's basketball coach in school history. Anderson will be officially introduced at a press conference in the Great Room of the Reynolds Alumni Center at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
The move by Director of Athletics Mike Alden signaled a return to Missouriâ??s proud history and helps the program welcome back a â??True Sonâ?? (Sedalia, Mo.) who is coming off a 30-5 record with the Mules and the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.
Andersonâ??s national title run at UCM becomes even more impressive considering the program welcomed in 10 new players last season and had just one returning student-athlete averaging more than 4.7 points per game.
â??We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program,â?? Alden said. â??Heâ??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.
Heâ??s a proven winner on all levels, and heâ??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 heâ??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.â??
Anderson embodies the key characteristics of his fan base and his former mentor Norm Stewart.
Anderson spent 12 seasons in total at UCM and won nearly 75 percent of his games over a decade-plus worth of work.
Anderson went 274-94 (.743) during that span and finished his career ranked among the Top 10 in career winning percentage all-time at the NCAA Division II level.
In addition to his consistent winning approach, Anderson helped the Mules collect league and national hardware, winning or sharing six Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) regular season conference titles and advancing to seven NCAA Tournaments.
The Mules advanced to three Final Fours under his watch, reaching the national semifinals in 2007 and 2009 before defeating West Liberty, 84-77, in the title game this year in Evansville, Ind.
As a player, Anderson embodies what it means to be a student-athlete at Missouri. He graduated from with degrees in education in 1979 and in 1981 (Masters).
He was an Academic All-Big Eight selection in 1975 and 1977.
He helped Mizzou win its first Big Eight crown under the Hall of Famer Stewart in 1976 and was the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1977, averaging 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a senior.
He finished his Tiger career with 1,289 points, currently No. 24 all-time in program history, and his final two seasons saw Mizzou win 20 games in back-to-back years for just the second time ever.
Anderson went on to be drafted in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, playing 21 games for the late Dr. Jack Ramsey during the 1978-79 season.
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