Former Missouri Tiger Corey Tate is coming home. In a post on MUTigers.com, it was reported that Tate will join second-year head coach Kim Anderson’s staff as an assistant.
Anderson addressed the hire in a statement of his own.
“We are excited to have Corey, Nicole, and their children join our Mizzou Basketball family,” Anderson said. “When we set out to add a new assistant coach, we established four criteria. We wanted a good coach, someone who has had championship-level success. We were looking for a good recruiter in the central part of the country. We were also looking for a teacher, someone strong in player development. And of high importance, we wanted a coach who could do an excellent job of mentoring and developing relationships with our student-athletes.
“In Corey, we found someone who has been successful in all of those areas, and he is a former player who knows the type of program we want to build at Mizzou.”
Tate spent the previous 11 years as head coach at Mineral Area College, a two-year community college 164 miles southeast of Columbia. He also played for the Tigers under Norm Stewart and is known for hitting a clutch shot that gave the scrappy Tigers a win over No. 1 Kansas in February 1997.
The man will now be tasked with helping Anderson turn around a Missouri program that has not been past the NCAA tournament’s Round of 64 since 2010, back when Mike Anderson was coach. Given his success at MAC, Tigers fans should be excited.
Missouri went 9-23 (3-15 SEC) last season, finishing dead last in the SEC.