MU Has New Basketball Coach
Anderson led the UAB Blazers to three NCAA Tournaments in his four seasons at the school--including one trip to the Sweet Sixteen. This past season, the team landed a 24-7 record and a trip to the first round of the NCAA tournament. Overall, his UAB record stands at 89-41. Anderson was honored as 2004 Conference USA coach of the year.
Anderson is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He played basketball at Jackson Olin High School, then went on to begin his college career at Jefferson State Junior College. After two years there and a trip to the national junior college championship, Anderson joined coach Nolan Richardson at Tulsa, where he played guard and took the team to win the NIT as a junior, and make the NCAA tournament as a senior.
Anderson's coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at Tulsa in 1982. After two years there, he followed Richardson to become an assistant at Arkansas, spending 14 years with the program.
The 46-year-old Anderson has a wife, Marcheita, three children--Darcheita, Michael Jr., and Yvonne--and a grandchild, Aiyanna.
Anderson will be the first African-American to permanently head coach a major sport at Mizzou.