Mike Anderson has been named the University of Arkansas’ head men’s basketball coach, announced Wednesday by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long.
In nine seasons as a collegiate head coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and most recently at the University of Missouri, Anderson has amassed a career record of 200-98, earning 20 wins in a season seven times and leading his teams to the NCAA Tournament in six of his nine seasons as a head coach.
“We are extremely excited to welcome home Mike Anderson to the University of Arkansas as our new head men’s basketball coach,” Long said. “Mike is one of the outstanding head coaches in college basketball. His teams play an exciting brand of basketball that has already proven successful at both UAB and Missouri.
“Under Mike’s leadership, I am confident the Razorbacks will be successful in the future on and off the court. The decision to hire Mike Anderson as head coach is based on my firm belief that he is the right person to lead the Razorback program today and in the years to come.”
Anderson’s teams are known for their fast paced aggressive style labeled as “The Fastest 40 Minutes in College Basketball.” That style of play was adapted from his mentor, former Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson, whose teams at Arkansas laid the claim to “40 Minutes of Hell.”
While similar in nature, Anderson’s style is his own and has allowed his teams at UAB and Missouri to post nine-consecutive non-losing seasons, a career winning percentage of .671 and Missouri’s first-ever Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship. Over the last three seasons at Missouri, Anderson’s teams have won 77 games and made three trips to the NCAA Tournament including a run to the Elite 8 in 2008-09.
“It is a tremendous honor to be named the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas,” Anderson said.
Anderson’s record after his five-year stint at Missouri was a combined 111-56 (.665) and included 13 wins over ranked opponents, four NCAA Tournament victories and a 75-13 record at home.
Anderson spent 17 years in Arkansas as an assistant under Richardson and helped lead the Hogs to the 1994 national title.