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Head Coach Frank Haith begins his third season at the University of Missouri after leading the Tigers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and transitioning the program into its new home, the Southeastern Conference.
The winningest coach at Missouri through his first two seasons (53-16, .768), Haith has made an immediate impact at Mizzou, not only with his club's efforts on the hardwood, but his commitment to the program's academic advancement and his support of the Columbia community.
Last year en route to Mizzou's fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, Haith's Tigers enjoyed a record-breaking team cumulative GPA of 3.06 and had three players, including starters Jabari Brown and Laurence Bowers, named to the SEC Winter Honor Roll. Bowers later became the first-ever Missouri Basketball player to finish his playing career with a Master's degree and Haith's time at Mizzou has resulted in 9-of-10 seniors earning degrees. In the community, Haith has been an active fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia and serves on the Coaches vs. Cancer leadership council. Coaches vs. Cancer was of course co-founded by Mizzou legend Norm Stewart. Haith was also a 2012 recipient of the Key to the City of St. Louis from Mayor Francis Slay and was honored by his alma mater, Elon, as the 2012 Eugene Perry Distinguished Alumnus, and was tapped into the Mizzou Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society for his efforts mentoring student-athletes.
Last season Missouri was the lone college basketball program to advance to NCAA Tournament play with just one returning starter and Haith will look to duplicate that feat once more this season with just one starter, Jabari Brown, back from last year's 23-11 campaign.
"I was really proud of that team last year because we had so many new parts, including on our coaching staff, but those who know me understand I am never satisfied and always want to achieve more," Haith said. "We are going to continue to develop a program that our fans and our state can identify with. We want this program to have that same blue-collar mentality that Coach Stewart brought and I feel like that's starting to take shape."
During last season's NCAA Tournament run Missouri enjoyed its second undefeated season in Mizzou Arena history, going 17-0 at home with wins over a pair of nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 5 Florida. In fact under Haith Missouri is an outstanding 9-4 vs. Top 25 teams including a 5-3 mark vs. the Top 10.
That performance came on the heels of a 30-5 inaugural season in Columbia.
Picked fourth in the Big 12 Conference pre-season coaches' poll, Missouri won a school-record 14 league games, and finished second in the conference standings with a 14-4 mark. The Tigers won the school's final Big 12 Tournament Championship with a 3-0 run in Kansas City, before advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
With that record-setting first season in the books, Haith received recognition in the form of numerous coaching accolades, including the prestegious Henry Iba National Coach of the Year honor, as well as the Associated Press National Coach of the Year. He was also named the Big 12 Coach of the Year and was the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District VI Coach of the Year. As a first-year coach, Haith guided his team to more regular season wins than any other Mizzou coach before him and became the first Tiger head coach since 1920-21 to win his first 14 games.
"It has been a special two years here and the future is only going to get brighter," Haith said. "Anytime you take over a program there is a process you need to follow to build a recruiting base, build your brand and most importantly, build the support of your fans. That has taken place here quickly and I'm really excited about the long-term future of Mizzou Basketball."
The 27-year coaching veteran was hired at Missouri on April 5, 2011, and immediately appreciated the Tiger's passionate fan base. The Burlington, N.C., native came from the University of Miami where he was not only forced to instill a winning mentality to his players and supporters, but do it at a university void of any lengthy basketball tradition.
"Being the head coach at the University of Missouri is such an honor and it's something that has become more and more meaningful during our time here," Haith said. "Obviously the passionate fan base is what grabbed my attention first, but the support of the administration, the support of our community and the support of our students is second to none.
"I have known Frank Haith for a long time, and I truly believe he is one of the best coaches in the business. Missouri just made a great hire. Frank is one of the primary people responsible for the rise of our program here at Texas. He has all the skills necessary to build a successful program at the highest level ... not just one or two good teams, but a program. If there's one thing that I've always appreciated and admired about Frank, it is his confidence. No matter the situation, he knows he can be successful. Most important, Frank will be a great representative for The University of Missouri. He is a quality person, and the Missouri fans are truly going to love his wife, Pam, their son, Corey, and their daughter, Brianna. Frank is a great husband and father and will run the Missouri Basketball program with integrity and character."
- Rick Barnes, University of Texas
"Frank is as good of a competitor and person as I've coached against in my 31 seasons in the ACC. He's a great friend who did a fantastic job as the head coach at Miami. Missouri is lucky to have Frank represent the university. I am extremely happy for Frank and know that he will do a terrific job there."
- Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
"Frank Haith is a really good young coach that knows the Big 12 and really understands the game. He is of high character, and does things the right way. Missouri hired a good man, and a good coach in Frank. I've been an admirer of his for a long time."
-Jay Bilas, ESPN Basketball Analyst
"Frank Haith exudes class. He is a great hire for Missouri Basketball because he is the perfect combination of outstanding role model for young student-athletes and excellent basketball coach. I am sure that he is going to pick up where Mike Anderson left off in building Missouri back into one of the top basketball programs in college basketball."
- Fran Fraschilla, ESPN Basketball Analyst
"We have the complete package here and that's what sets us apart in college basketball. We have incredible facilities, we have a national brand when we go out on the road and Missouri has shown, time and time again, it supports its teams with vigor, but also in a first-class manner."
Haith's task at the University of Miami was monumental, but his process of building a well-rounded program certainly helped turn around the fortunes of the Hurricanes last season, which had the most experienced team in the country with a host of fifth-year and sixth-year seniors, each recruited by Haith.
In his first of seven seasons as the head coach, Haith guided the `Canes to seven ACC victories (despite being picked last) and qualified for postseason play. He was recognized by being named a Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist and NABC District 6 Coach of the Year.
Miami returned to postseason play the following year. The Hurricanes won 18 more games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT, recording the program's first postseason wins since 2000. Over his final four seasons, Haith's Miami squad averaged 21 wins per season, with four consecutive postseason trips.
Postseason success was a theme under Haith. His teams won six total games in the NCAA and National Invitation tournaments, including a memorable run to the second round of the Big Dance in 2008. The `Canes went 23-11 in Haith's fourth season, just one win shy of the school record and he was named a finalist for ACC Coach of the Year and the Skip Prosser Man of the Year honors.
And it's not just on the hardwood where Haith has fueled incredible growth amongst his players. During his time at both Missouri and Miami his players were visible in the community and Haith has seen an incredible 31-of-33 seniors to play for him walked across the stage to receive a diploma.
"That's my proudest moment," Haith said. "To know we churn out young men, ready to make positive contributions in the community, ready to be great fathers and husbands. That's what coaching at the college level is all about."
It's not an accident Frank Haith was hired as the 17th basketball coach at Mizzou. The grind from student-assistant at Elon College to being named the National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com doesn't just happen without a dedication to family, career and your student-athletes.
Haith paid his own way through Elon and graduated in 1988. He helped the Fighting Christians twice win 20 games and earned the opportunity to cut his teeth at perennial power Wake Forest the following year as a graduate assistant. His first full-time coaching position at Division I came at UNC-Wilmington from 1990-92 and he laid the foundation for his job at Missouri with a three-year stop at Texas A&M from 1992-95, which included helping the Aggies reach postseason play in 1994.
A remarkable 21-win campaign during his one season at Penn State (1995-96) allowed the Nittany Lions to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 31 years, and he returned to Texas A&M and the Big 12 Conference for one season as the Aggies' Associate Head Coach in 1996-97 before returning to Wake Forest from 1997-98. The Demon Deacons reached postseason play each of his four years in Winston-Salem, including winning the NIT Championship in 2000 and reaching NCAA Tournament play in 2001.
Haith parlayed that success at Wake Forest into an opportunity at the University of Texas. Coaching alongside friend and mentor Rick Barnes, Haith was a part of (at the time) the winningest three-year stretch in Texas Basketball history. The Longhorns averaged better than 24 wins per season and never failed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns advanced to the Final Four in 2003 and Haith worked magic on the recruiting trail, ushering four McDonald's All-Americans to Austin, including Brad Buckman (2002), LaMarcus Aldridge (2004), Daniel Gibson (2004) and Michael Williams (2004). Aldridge and Gibson are now mainstays in the NBA, with Aldridge being drafted No. 2 overall to the Chicago Bulls. The Class was rated No. 2 nationally by Rivals.com and Haith was the nation's hottest young coach. So began the daunting reclamation project at Miami, which concluded with an average of 21 wins over his last four years, national rankings in three of his final four campaigns and three of the school's six (all-time) 20-win ledgers.
One of 10 siblings, family will always be first for Frank Haith, and his student-athletes are part of that family. A proud father and husband, Frank and his wife Pam are the parents of two children, Corey and Brianna and his son is entering his second year with the Mizzou program this season.
Frank and Pam met in high school, began dating a short time after and have been together for 29 years. The Haith family is an active participant in its home communities and spearheaded fund-raising and renovation efforts for Morningside Park in Elon, N.C., in the neighborhood in which Haith grew up. In Columbia, the family is actively involved with the Boys & Girls Club of the Columbia Area, as well as a member of Coaches vs. Cancer on a national level.
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