It's official: Tim Fuller has joined Kim Anderson's coaching staff.
Mizzou Basketball Head Coach Kim Anderson announced his first staffer on Wednesday, retaining Associate Head Coach Tim Fuller.
A native of Woodbridge, Va., Fuller has been an important part of Tiger Basketball over the last three seasons and earned the 2013-14 season's first five wins as acting head coach, propelling Mizzou to a 12-1 non-conference record.
Below are statements from Anderson and Fuller on today's announcement.
Statement from Head Coach Kim Anderson:
"I'd like to welcome Tim Fuller as the first member of our coaching staff here at Missouri and applaud how he led this program and kept Mizzou moving forward through practices and recruiting over the last couple weeks," Head Coach Kim Anderson said. "Tim has displayed incredible character and loyalty to Mizzou during the transition and demonstrated from our first meeting his commitment and passion for our student-athletes and Mizzou Basketball. I look forward to working closely with Tim as we move our program forward and am excited about the future of Tiger Basketball."
Statement from Associate Head Coach Tim Fuller:
"I'm ecstatic right now," Tim Fuller said. "I love Missouri. I appreciate everything about our student-athletes, this state, this school and our fans. This has become my home. After meeting with Coach Anderson the last two days and seeing the way he relates to our student-athletes and coaches, I quickly accepted his offer to join his staff at Mizzou. This is going to be fun. I also want to thank our administration. Mike Alden has shown incredible character during this transition and I appreciate his support and counsel throughout this entire process."
Since the announcement of Kim Anderson's hire on Monday, the biggest question on the table has been Fuller's status. He has received (and reciprocated) major interest regarding Florida A&M's vacant head coaching position, but he has elected to remain in Columbia.
It has long been known/assumed that the status of signees Jakeenan Gant and Namon Wright -- whether they remain signed or ask for their release -- were likely tied to whether Fuller stayed in town. As news of Fuller's decision leaked this morning, it didn't take long to find out if that was true.
For the short-term status of Mizzou's roster, this is very good news. And it continues a very good week for Anderson, who a) got his "dream job," b) nailed the press tour, and c) kept Fuller.