COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's basketball team announced on Monday that former Miami Hurricanes basketball coach Frank Haith would be its new basketball coach.
“We’re very pleased to have such a well-rounded and respected man lead our basketball program into the future,” Mike Alden, MU Director of Athletics, said in a statement. “Frank has demonstrated throughout his career that he fits the criteria we were looking for. And of course, we feel that all of these qualities combined, when given the opportunity at a program with a proud tradition and resources such as ours at Mizzou, that he’s going to win at a very high level."
Haith, 45, was hired by the Hurricanes in 2004. He has an overall record of 129-101 as a head coach, including a 43-69 record in the ACC. The only time that Haith's Hurricanes appeared in the NCAA Tournament was after the 2007-08 season.
“I’m honored to be named the new head coach at the University of Missouri and I want to thank Chancellor Brady Deaton and Director of Athletics Mike Alden for believing in me and presenting me with this tremendous opportunity to come back to the Big 12 Conference and lead this program,” Haith said in the statement. “I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for this university and this program. Mizzou Arena and the facilities here are first class. The support of the students and administration is second-to-none and the tradition is outstanding. I’ll tell you this Mizzou Nation, we are going to win and win big!"
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