COLUMBIA — Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith has filled three of the five available positions on his staff, according to a release from the Missouri athletics department. Assistant coach Tim Fuller, bench coach Ernie Nestor, and strength and conditioning coach Todor Pandov will begin working for Haith immediately. Positions remain open on Haith’s staff for an additional assistant coach and a director of basketball operations.
Tim Fuller, assistant coach:
Fuller’s position as an assistant coach and a recruiting coordinator for the Tigers is the same position he held this season under Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.
Haith was an assistant coach at Wake Forest when Fuller was a player, and Fuller was Haith's director of basketball operations when Haith coached at Miami.
"I have known Tim (Fuller) since his playing days at Wake Forest and he is basically a part of my family," Haith said in the release. "Tim is a tireless worker. He has risen up the coaching ranks and has made a big impact at every stop along the way. Louisville has a Top 10 recruiting class for next year and Tim was a major part of that.”
"He's (Haith) been a part of my life since I was a freshman in college and has helped mentor, advise and direct me in every aspect as a person and professionally," Fuller said in a news release on the Louisville athletics website. "I'm so thankful for everything that Coach Pitino has done for me at Louisville. He's helped change my way of thinking and drive me toward perfection. At this time in my life, being with Frank Haith at Missouri is a family decision and it's the best fit for us right now."
Ernie Nestor, bench coach:
Nestor joins Haith’s staff after working for one year as the director of basketball operations at Penn State.
Nestor’s long coaching career includes stops at James Madison, Wake Forest (twice), California, George Mason, South Carolina and Elon.
“Ernie has 42 years of coaching experience and is someone I have a great deal of respect for," Haith said. "He just has a tremendous understanding of the game and has a great ability to teach it as well."
Todor Pandov, strength and conditioning coach:
Pandov follows Haith from Miami, where he was the strength and conditioning coach for one season. Previously, he held the same position at Western Kentucy, his alma mater. As a player, Pandov earned three varsity letters at Western Kentucy, then played professionally in Holland for a year.
"He has a tremendous grasp of what it takes to be successful at this level and will give our players a unique perspective with his collegiate playing experience," Haith said.