Named one of college basketball's Top 10 assistant coaches under the age of 40 by ESPN.com, Interim Head Coach Tim Fuller begins his third season on the sidelines at Missouri and has been a key figure in Missouri's hardwood success (53-16) and recruiting resurgence.
A former student-athlete at Wake Forest, Fuller has spent time coaching and teaching at each level of basketball since beginning his professional career, and has used those experiences to help attract one of the country's top incoming classes to Columbia, Mo., this season.
Fuller has enjoyed success on every step of the basketball ladder and as recruiting coordinator, is charged with bringing top talent to Mizzou, while also helping to mentor Missouri student-athletes on and off the basketball court.
Despite being widely considered one of college basketball's top "up-and-comers", Fuller already has 17 seasons of basketball coaching, playing, marketing and administrative experience under his belt. In his first season at Missouri he helped coach the Tigers to 30 wins and a Big 12 Championship, and was a valuable figure in helping the team rank among college basketball's leaders in winning percentage and offensive efficiency.
In 2012-13 Fuller was charged with the development of Missouri's post play and helped induce career seasons from fifth-year senior Laurence Bowers and transfer senior Alex Oriakhi. In addition, Missouri ranked among the national leaders in rebounding margin (No. 4 +8.5) and offensive efficiency and the team recorded 22 total point-rebound double-doubles, the most since the 1990-91 season.
"Tim has been such a vital part of our staff over the past two seasons and we asked him to take on a greater role working with our post players last year and he did a fantastic job," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "Tim continues to be an incredible resource for me in practice and on the bench during games and he has such a bright future in the game of basketball."
Haith elevated Fuller to Associate Head Coach in 2012 and since his arrival the Tigers have won 53 games and advanced to consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
"Missouri has been such a great place for us," Fuller said. "The city, family atmosphere, fan support; Mizzou and Columbia have everything you want as a coach and a father, and it's a great selling point on the recruiting trail. I am excited about what we have accomplished over the past two seasons, but we always want more. There is still more work ahead."
Fuller met Missouri head coach Frank Haith while a student-athlete at Wake Forest when Haith served as an assistant coach to Dave Odom. He earned varsity letters playing for the Demon Deacons from 1997-2000, including a run to No. 2 in the country, and was named a co-captain during his senior season.
"I have known Tim (Fuller) since his playing days at Wake Forest," Haith said. "He is a tireless worker. He has risen up the coaching ranks and has made a big impact at every stop along the way. He has learned from some great coaches. Coach (Rick) Pitino, Coach (Dave) Odom and Coach (Ernie) Nestor, so Tim has a wealth of experience. Obviously Tim has great contacts all over the country, not just because of his ability to teach the game of basketball, but his connections with Nike and the AAU and high school circuits. Being able to hire Tim from a school like Louisville speaks volumes to what is taking place at Missouri. This program is highly thought of across America."
After graduating from Wake Forest with a degree in communications in 2000, Fuller served as an intern in the Atlantic Coast Conference office and worked as a volunteer coach with Division I North Carolina A&T. Fuller secured his first full-time coaching duties at the high school level at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C., where he coached future New Orleans Hornets and LA Clippers star, Chris Paul.
Fuller broke back into the college ranks in 2002-03 as an assistant for Ernie Nestor at Elon College and was promoted to associate head coach at Elon before briefly joining Haith's staff at Miami as the Director of Basketball Operations. Fuller returned to his alma mater (Wake Forest) as the Director of Basketball Operations for two seasons under Skip Prosser and joined Ed Cooley's staff at Fairfield for a season in 2006-07 as an assistant coach. Taking a hiatus from the college game, Fuller joined Nike to help promote the game of basketball at the NBA level before returning to college at Louisville in 2010.
The Woodbridge, Va., native has three children, Timothy II, Gabriel Elijah and Solomon Dior.