Missouri basketball adds former Spurs staffer

Monday, June 2, 2014 | 10:45 p.m. CDT; updated 11:16 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Missouri basketball team has added some San Antonio Spurs flavor.

Coach Kim Anderson announced Monday that Matt Herring will direct the Tigers' Athletic Performance efforts for the basketball team. Herring was the director of athletic performance for two years (2011-13) with the Spurs.

“This was a big coup for our program, not only because Matt is a highly respected coach that has trained some of the elite basketball players in the world, but because he will mentor and train our young men in every phase of life,” Anderson said in a news release from Missouri. “Matt has coached and trained at the highest levels throughout his career and has the ability to get the most out of his teams. We are excited to welcome Matt and his family to Mizzou.”

A picture of Herring already at work was posted by the MU basketball program's Twitter account Monday afternoon.

Herring spent seven years (2004-11) with the basketball program at the University of Florida, including the consecutive seasons in which the Gators won the NCAA championship with future NBA All-Stars Joakim Noah and Al Horford. 

Herring hails from Austin, Texas.

“I became very familiar with Missouri during my time growing up in Texas and my time working at Oklahoma State, and I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for the athletics department as a whole, as well as this university," Herring said in the news release. "We are very excited to get to town, get to work and become a part of the Mizzou and Columbia communities.”

Herring graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1994. He and his wife, Cindy, have one daughter, Laney.

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