The Big 12’s New Faces: Missouri’s Frank HaithPosted by dnspewak on October 21st, 2011
Frank Haith: The Essentials
- Previous coaching stop: Miami (FL)
- Career overview: Assistant coach (1985-2004); head coach at Miami (2004-11)
- Playing experience: N/A
- Accolades: ACC Coach of the Year finalist (2007-08)
Welcome to Columbia, coach. Luckily, even without Bowers, Haith has an experienced squad with a real shot at a Big 12 title. Before he cuts down the nets, though, Haith has some work to do. His biggest challenge will be finding a way to adjust Mike Anderson’s players to play a more traditional style. Haith has said he will continue to push the tempo offensively, but he also said he will back off on the all-out pressure defense and will introduce more of a pick-and-roll, inside-oriented offense. Haith’s personnel could thrive under his system. Point guards Phil Pressey and Mike Dixon might benefit in this offense, and senior Ricardo Ratliffe might be primed for a big year if his guards get him more involved. And with Marcus Denmon and Kim English back in the fold, this is a team that could take off in Haith’s first season.
On the recruiting trail, he’s rounding out his 2012 class and even added notable transfers in Keion Bell (Pepperdine) and Earnest Ross (Auburn). Still, Haith has a lot to prove to Missouri fans. At Miami, he reached just one NCAA Tournament and appeared on the verge of losing his job. MU has given him new life– and if he survives the Miami scandal, he has a heck of an opportunity to succeed in the Big 12.
What They’re Saying
“Missouri is lucky to have Frank represent the university. I am extremely happy for Frank and know that he will do a terrific job there.”
— Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
“I have known Frank Haith for a long time, and I truly believe he is one of the best coaches in the business. Missouri just made a great hire. Frank is one of the primary people responsible for the rise of our program here at Texas. He has all the skills necessary to build a successful program at the highest level … not just one or two good teams, but a program. If there’s one thing that I’ve always appreciated and admired about Frank, it is his confidence. No matter the situation, he knows he can be successful.”
— Rick Barnes, University of Texas