Kim Anderson named Mizzou basketball coach: 'This is a dream come true'

Kim Anderson named Mizzou basketball coach: 'This is a dream come true'

Anderson was introduced during a 10 a.m. press conference in the Great Room of the Reynolds Alumni Center.

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by Brendan Marks / Missouri Basketball App

KMOV.com

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 11:58 AM

(Missouri Basketball App) -- The University of Missouri formally introduced Kim Anderson as its newest men's head basketball coach on Tuesday.

Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden was the first to introduce Anderson during a 10 a.m. press conference in the Great Room of the Reynolds Alumni Center. 

Alden said Anderson got a five-year contract with the total package worth more than $2 million per year. He Anderson "Missouri made" and the right man for the job before calling him up to the podium.

During his introductory news conference as the Tigers coach, Anderson welled up a few times and paused to collect himself. He said the job was dream come true for him and his family.

"There's no place I would rather be," he said while thanking Alden for "bringing him home."

The decision to hire Anderson came shortly after the school's board of curators met in Columbia, Mo. on Monday.

"I'm honored and humbled to have the opportunity to return to Mizzou and lead a program that our family is so vested in," said Anderson, who spent 11 season on staff at Mizzou over two stints (1982-85 and 1991-99).

The 58-year-old coach won a Division II championship at Central Missouri this past season, going 30-5. 

"We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program," MIssouri Athletic Director Mike Alden said. "He's a man of great character, integrity and respect."

Anderson was first a graduate assistant for Norm Stewart from 1982-85 and helped the program to the 1983 Big Eight title, the program's fourth straight.

As a player, he helped Mizzou win its first Big Eight crown under the Hall of Famer Stewart in 1976 and was the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1977, averaging 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a senior. 

"The fact that he's a Missouri Tiger at heart is important, he is committed to Mizzou and has a passion to build a program of which all Tiger fans will be proud," said Alden.

A news conference to introduce Anderson was set for Tuesday morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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