Former Huntington Prep Head Coach Rob Fulford will join the Mizzou Basketball coaching staff.
June 23, 2014
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Basketball Head Coach Kim Anderson finalized his coaching staff on Monday as he announced the hiring of former Huntington Prep Head Coach Rob Fulford.
Fulford comes to Mizzou after five seasons in Huntington, W. Va., where he helped build one of the country's elite prep school programs, going a remarkable 138-17 over his tenure. Last season Huntington Prep finished No. 3 nationally, going 28-4, and qualified for the Dick's Sporting Goods High School National Tournament. His final five teams finished among the Top 25 programs nationally and his 2012-13 club opened the year ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today.
"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Rob to the Mizzou family," Head Coach Kim Anderson said. "Rob is obviously an outstanding coach and he won at an incredible level at Huntington Prep. He is well-respected by his peers and will be a great asset to our program.
"One of Rob's biggest strengths is his ability to build relationships with his young men," Anderson continued. "He gets the most out of his players because of those strong relationships and that's exactly what we were looking for as we went about completing our staff."
A 1997 graduate of Marshall University, Fulford began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Mountain State University (1997-2000) in Beckley, W. Va., where he helped the NAIA power to an 84-16 record. Mountain State led the nation in scoring (97 PPG) each of his three seasons and averaged 28 wins per year.
"I want to thank Coach Anderson, Mike Alden and University administration for this incredible opportunity," Fulford said. "I wasn't looking to leave Huntington Prep but after speaking with Coach Anderson and seeing his vision for the program, this opportunity was too good to pass up and I'm excited to be a Missouri Tiger."
Fulford began his head coaching career at Mountain State Academy (2006-09) and went 81-14 over his three seasons. After establishing the program his team ranked as high as No. 30 nationally and was selected to play in the inaugural ESPN Rise National Championship.
Fulford then started the basketball academy in Huntington, helping the program move into the national rankings in just its second year of existence. Over his five seasons at Huntington Fulford averaged better than 27 wins per season and ranked among the Top 10 each year since 2011.
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