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COMO YOU KNOW: Kim Anderson, Missouri men's basketball coach

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 5:20 p.m. CDT; updated 6:32 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014
Kim Anderson, right, held his old basketball jersey from his time on the MU men's basketball team and was joined on stage with his wife, Melissa, Tuesday at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Anderson was officially named the head coach of MU's men's basketball team.

Kim Anderson

Title: Missouri men’s basketball coach

Born: May 12, 1955

Hometown: Sedalia

Education: MU

Kim Anderson is the head coach of the Missouri’s men’s basketball team. He played basketball for Missouri from 1973-77 and is ranked among Missouri’s top-20, all-time scorers.

Anderson was previously the head coach at the University of Central Missouri from 2003-2014, where he went 274-95 and won a Division II national title in 2014. He was named the 2014 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year. Before coaching at Central Missouri, Anderson was an assistant coach at Missouri from 1982-85 and 1991-99, and at Baylor from 1985-91.

He was born in Sedalia and attended Smith-Cotton High School before attending MU, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education in 1979 and 1981, respectively. After college, he was drafted in the second round of the 1977 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, where he played for one season. He also played professional basketball in France and Italy for three seasons.

Anderson and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Ryan and Brett.

Related:

Former Missouri player Jon Sundvold sees Anderson transitioning well

Online fans express skepticism and optimism for Anderson

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz says give Anderson a chance

Sources:

Columbia Missourian

University of Central Missouri athletics website

Updated: April 29, 2014


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