Sports
4:15 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Anderson formally introduced as new basketball coach

Credit University of Central Missouri

  Kim Anderson has been formally announced as the next MU men’s basketball coach after spending the previous 12 years at the University of Central Missouri. This marks the first time a Missouri alumnus will be the head coach of the MU basketball program for the first time since Norm Stewart retired in 1999.

Anderson signed a five-year contract with Missouri worth $1.1 million per year in annual base salary. MU Athletic Director Mike Alden said the contract is incentive-laden, and can reach up to $2 million per year. Alden says that full details of Anderson’s contract will be available in 10-15 days.

Anderson played at MU from 1973 to 1977 and had two stints as an assistant coach under Norm Stewart from 1982-85 and 1991-99. Anderson interviewed for the MU head-coaching job in 1999, but Missouri hired then-Duke assistant coach, Quin Snyder.

Anderson won nearly 75 percent of his games in his time at UCM and capped off a 12-year career with the Mules by winning a Division II National Championship this past season.

Former MU basketball standout, Jon Sundvold, was thrilled with the hire of Kim Anderson. “This is a terrific hire for Missouri,” Sundvold said in a statement. “Kim’s ability to teach and help these young men develop, both on and off the court, will serve them well in their future.”

Anderson says that molding student-athletes into young men is a point of pride for him. “I told our guys last night that we’re here to win rings, earn diplomas, and make a big impact on those around us,” Anderson said. “This is bigger than basketball. This is a special opportunity we all have.”

Alden said that he wanted a basketball coach that has shown high integrity, that exemplifies the Mizzou core values, and that can win at a high level. “We identified the one person that we felt had all of those characteristics and more that could be able to represent our institution,” Alden said. “And that was Kim Anderson.”

Anderson's next step will be to hire a coaching staff. He met with Frank Haith’s assistants last night and plans to finalize the staff as soon as possible.