Missouri adds Huntington Prep coach

Monday, June 23, 2014 | 7:14 p.m. CDT; updated 7:00 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 24, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Missouri basketball team is adding one of the nation's most successful high school coaches to its program.

Rob Fulford, who went 138-17 in five seasons at Huntington Prep (West Virginia), signed with MU, the school announced Monday. Fulford completes new Missouri coach Kim Anderson's staff, which also includes Tim Fuller — a holdover from Frank Haith's staff — and Brad Loos, who followed Anderson from Central Missouri.

Fulford has coached several high-profile talents, including projected top-3 draft pick Andrew Wiggins of Kansas. He figures to bring a wealth of connections on the recruiting trail.

"I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Rob to the Mizzou family," Anderson said in a statement released by MU. "Rob is obviously an outstanding coach, and he won at an incredible level at Huntington Prep. He is well-respected by his peers and will be a great asset to our program.

"One of Rob’s biggest strengths is his ability to build relationships with his young men,” Anderson continued. "He gets the most out of his players because of those strong relationships, and that’s exactly what we were looking for as we went about completing our staff."

Fulford graduated from Marshall University in 1997, and started as an assistant coach at NAIA power Mountain State University. He later became the head coach at Mountain State, before taking over Huntington Prep in 2009.

"I want to thank Coach Anderson, Mike Alden and University administration for this incredible opportunity," Fulford said in the school's news release. "I wasn’t looking to leave Huntington Prep, but after speaking with Coach Anderson and seeing his vision for the program, this opportunity was too good to pass up, and I’m excited to be a Missouri Tiger."

Fulford did not immediately return a call from the Missourian seeking comment.

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