Kim Anderson is entering his second year as head basketball coach at Pittsburg State University.
Anderson was hired as the 15th head coach in program history on April 10, 2017, after serving the previous three seasons as head basketball coach at his alma mater, the University of Missouri.
Anderson enters the 2018-19 season with a 318-175 (.645) career collegiate coaching record. He guided the Gorillas to a 17-13 record in his debut season in 2017-18 – a 12-game improvement in the win column from the previous year's squad.
Prior to his assignment at Mizzou, Anderson coached 12 seasons at MIAA rival University of Central Missouri, leading the Mules to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship as well as two additional Division II Final Four appearances (2007, 2009) while compiling a 274-95 (.743) record at the school.
Anderson led UCM to seven trips to the NCAA Division II National Tournament and seven 20-win seasons. In his final season with the Mules he guided the squad to a 30-5 overall record and the D2 national title. His Mules teams captured six MIAA regular season titles (2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014) and four MIAA Tournament titles (2005, 2007, 2009, 2013). He was selected the MIAA Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in 2014.
Anderson also spent three years as the Big 12 Conference’s Assistant Commissioner/Men’s Basketball, directing the officiating program and postseason tournament, and 17 seasons as an assistant coach at Mizzou (1983-85 & 1992-99) and Baylor (1986-91) under former Pitt State head coach Gene Iba.
A native of Sedalia, Mo., Anderson played basketball at the University of Missouri from 1973-77 under legendary coach Norm Stewart. He was a first-team All-Big Eight selection as a senior in 1977 as well as the Big Eight co-Player of the Year that season.
Following his collegiate playing career, Anderson went on to be drafted in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, playing 21 games for the late Dr. Jack Ramsey during the 1978-79 season. He later completed his professional playing career in Italy and France until returning to assist the Tigers in 1982.
Anderson is a member of numerous Hall of Fame's around the state of Missouri. He was inducted into the University of Missouri Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield in 2005 as a student-athlete. He was later inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments in 2012. In 2006 he was named to the Mizzou Basketball All-Century Team in a fan vote. Most recently, he was honored to the MIAA’s Hall of Fame in 2015. His 2014 national champion UCM basketball team also will be inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame in June 2018.
Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in education (BSed) from Mizzou in 1979 and a master’s of science degree (MS) in education from the school in 1981.
Anderson and his wife of 40 years, Melissa, have two sons, Ryan, an Assistant Director of Communications at Wichita State University, and Brett, who serves as Sports Marketing Sales Manager for Executive Hotel Management.