Missouri basketball adds assistant coach

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | 2:33 p.m. CDT; updated 7:08 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

COLUMBIA — Missouri men's head basketball coach Frank Haith announced the hiring of former Drake University head coach Mark Phelps as an assistant coach. Phelps enjoyed more wins (77) than any Drake head coach in his first five seasons with the program and led the Bulldogs to a pair of postseason berths, including the team’s first postseason win since 1975.

Phelps has 17 seasons of experience as both a head coach and assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level and three of his final four recruiting classes at Drake ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the Missouri Valley Conference by various national recruiting services.

Phelps, 47, began coaching at the Division I level in 1996 at N.C. State and has been a part of 12 postseason tournament appearances in his career, including five consecutive NCAA Tournament selections with the Wolfpack before becoming the associate head coach at Arizona State in 2006.

"We are all so excited to welcome Mark into our basketball family," Haith said. “I’ve known Mark for a number of years and have always admired his approach to the game of basketball. He is tireless with his preparation and gets the most out of his players because he is there putting in the work with them. When we had this opening become available Mark was my first call and it speaks well of Mizzou that we were able to recruit him away from some other great programs." 

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