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Missouri men's basketball must replace assistant coach Mark Phelps

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 9:10 p.m. CDT; updated 6:37 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Missouri head coach Frank Haith, bottom, watches his team play as assistant coach Mark Phelps argues a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball exhibition game against Central Missouri on Nov. 1, 2013, in Columbia. Missouri won 92-79.

COLUMBIA — Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith has a position to fill on his coaching staff. 

Missouri confirmed Tuesday that assistant coach Mark Phelps is leaving the program after just one season. It's expected that he will be named an assistant at Marquette on new coach Steve Wojciechowski's staff, according to an ESPN report.

Prior to arriving at Missouri, Phelps was the head coach at Drake for five seasons from 2008 to 2013. Before that, he was an assistant at Arizona State and North Carolina State.

In his lone season at Missouri, Phelps was in charge of the team's defense, which was an area the Tigers struggled in and one that Haith has said needs to be improved next season.

The Tigers were 11th in the Southeastern Conference in field-goal-percentage defense. They ranked last with 4.3 assists per game and surrendered 71.8 points per game in conference play.

Next season will be Haith's fourth in Columbia. Phelps' replacement will be the eighth assistant hired by Haith in that span. 

ESPN's Jeff Goodman first reported Phelps' departure.

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.


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