Frank Haith Announces Coaching Staff Additions
COLUMBIA - New Mizzou Basketball Head Coach Frank Haith announced Tim Fuller, Ernie Nestor and Todor Pandov as the newest members of his coaching staff on Wednesday. Haith is still finializing the remaining two openings, assistant coach to help with recruiting and instruction and Director of Basketball Operations.
"We are certainly excited to make this announcement," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "There are a number of qualities you look for when organizing your staff. You want energy, integrity and an ability to mold and shape young men on and off the basketball court. We have that with the hiring of Tim, Ernie and Todor. I couldn't be happier to have these three men and their tremendous families join us at Mizzou."
Tim Fuller will be an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator after serving last season as an assistant coach at Louisville under Rick Pitino. Fuller helped Louisville sign a Top 10 recruiting class last season and has 11 seasons of basketball coaching, marketing and administrative experience under his belt, not including a four-year playing career at Wake Forest as a non-scholarship athlete.
"I'm excited to join Coach Haith and the Missouri family," Fuller said. "The academics, the facilities, the location, the talent and the great AAU and high school programs in this state make this job one of the elite in America. This was also a move based on family. Coach Haith is like a father to me. To reunite my family with Frank, Pam, Corey and Brianna, makes this a special time for us. I also want to thank all the great people at Louisville. I learned so much from Coach Pitino. I would not be the coach I am today with out Coach Pitino's guidance."
Ernie Nestor will be bringing 42 season of basketball experience to Missouri, including time in the Pac-10, ACC, SEC and Big Ten conferences. Last year, Nestor served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Penn State University, which proved to be one of the most improved teams in the country last year and received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
"It's exciting to be reunited with Frank here at Missouri," Nestor said. "Frank is an outstanding coach, someone who has the ability to connect with young men and get the most out of them. I am also excited to be part of the Missouri family. Being around the college game for 40 years, I know what it means when someone says Mizzou Basketball. These fans expect discipline and toughness and that's what we will give them."
"Ernie has 42 years of coaching experience and is someone I have a great deal of respect for," Haith said. "He just has a tremendous understanding of the game and has a great ability to teach it as well. You look at some of the players he has mentored over the years and you get a sense of who Ernie Nestor is. Guys like Tim Duncan, Josh Howard, Darius Songaila. These are NBA veterans. Players get better when they work with Coach Nestor and that's why I am so excited to join our family."
Todor Pandov will be brining a total nine years of collegiate experiences to the Tigers team where he will be part of the Mizzou Athletics Performance staff, after serving as strength and conditioning coach at the University of Miami for one season. He also worked with Haith when he served as a volunteer assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2005-2006 at Texas.
"I want to thank Coach Haith for giving me and my family this opportunity to join him at Missouri," Pandov said. "It's great being back in this area of the country. The passion for college basketball here (Midwest) is unlike any other place in America. Being a strength and conditioning coach, this is my favorite time of the year. We are going to get these guys physically prepared to play in the Big 12 Conference and that preparation starts immediately."