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True Son Kim Anderson returns to lead men’s basketball.

Kim Anderson

Photo by Michael Knipper

Men’s basketball head Coach Kim Anderson, BS Ed ’79, M Ed ’81, cuts down the nets after his University of Central Missouri Mules defeated the West Liberty (W. Va.) Hilltoppers 84-77 to win the Division II championship game March 29, 2014, in Evansville, Ind.

Mizzou introduced Anderson as its head coach April 29 at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Anderson, the 1977 Big Eight Player of the Year, served from 1982–85 and 1991–99 as an assistant under Norm Stewart, BS Ed ’56, M Ed ’60. Anderson, who left Central Missouri as its all-time winningest coach, having led the Mules to three 30-win campaigns in 12 seasons, called the Mizzou position his “dream job.”

“I told our guys last night that we’re here to win rings, earn diplomas and make a big impact on those around us,” Anderson said. “I played and coached for Coach Stewart. It may be 2014, but smart, disciplined, hard-nosed, team basketball never goes out of style. That’s the only way we know how to do it here. That style of play embodies our state and our fans, and that’s what we are going to try to bring back.”