CoMo You Know: Frank Haith

Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 9:01 p.m. CDT; updated 7:07 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Frank Haith was the coach for the Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team from 2011 to 2014. Haith was named the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year in 2012 after his first season at Missouri. Haith reached 50 wins faster than any basketball coach in school history, but the start of the 2013 season was overshadowed by a five-game NCAA suspension, which was assessed for violations during his time at the University of Miami. He resigned from his position on April 17, 2014, to become the head coach at Tulsa.


Born on November 3, 1965, in Queens, N.Y.

Graduated from Elon College in 1988

Married to Pam Haith

Two children: son Corey was a member of the Missouri basketball team; daughter Brianna.

Worked previously as an assistant coach at Elon (1986-89), Wake Forest (1989-90, 1997-2001), UNC-Willmington (1990-92), Texas A&M (1992-95, 1996-97), Penn State (1995-96) and Texas (2001-04) and as the head coach at Miami from 2004 to 2011

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Haith was born in Queens, N.Y., but when he was 5 years old, he moved to Burlington, N.C., where he was raised by his grandmother. Haith was hired by Missouri to replace Mike Anderson as head coach on April 5, 2011.

Haith came to Missouri after seven years of coaching at the University of Miami, where he led the Hurricanes to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2008. He previously worked as an assistant coach at Elon, Wake Forest, UNC-Wilmington, Texas A&M, Penn State and Texas. While at Texas, Haith earned a reputation as one of the best recruiters in college basketball.

In 15 years as an assistant coach, Haith successfully recruited six McDonald’s All-Americans to Texas, including LaMarcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson and Michael Williams in 2004. The class was rated No. 2 nationally by and Aldridge was drafted No. 2 overall to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA draft. During his time at Texas, Haith was a part of the winningest (at the time) three-year stretch in school history. The Longhorns averaged more than 24 wins per season and never failed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament under the tutelage of Haith and head coach Rick Barnes.

Haith began coaching at Miami in 2004. In Haith’s last four years at Miami, the Hurricanes averaged 21 wins, finished in the national rankings three times and earned three of the school’s six all-time 20-win seasons.

It was during his time at Miami that Haith came into contact with Nevin Shapiro, a former university athletics booster who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2011 after pleading guilty to running a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

After a 27-month long investigation, the NCAA suspended Haith on October 22, 2013, for five games for a “failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance” during his time at Miami. The NCAA cited inconsistencies in Haith’s explanations of a loan given to Shapiro by a former Hurricanes assistant coach.

In 2012, Haith led Missouri to a 30-5 record and the Big 12 Tournament championship in his first season in Columbia. Through his first two seasons, Haith's record of 53-16 set a school record for most wins. Missouri lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in both seasons. In his third and final season, Haith's Tigers finished with a 23-12 record and were bounced from the NIT in the second round.

Sources:, Bloomberg News and Missourian records

Updated: May 8, 2014

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