04/19 12:17 CDT St. John's hires Mike Anderson as basketball coach
St. John's hires Mike Anderson as basketball coach
NEW YORK (AP) --- Mike Anderson is getting another chance at St. John's.
Anderson was hired as Red Storm coach on Friday after he was fired by Arkansas
last month. He also had head coaching stints at Missouri and UAB before leading
the Razorbacks to five postseason appearances and a 169-102 record in eight
"Coach Anderson is one of the most respected coaches in college basketball and
there is no doubt in my mind that he is the perfect fit to lead our program,"
athletic director Mike Cragg said in a statement.
"He has built programs and has sustained success throughout his career. We are
confident that his extensive coaching experience, recruiting acumen and skill
development program will elevate St. John's basketball to new heights."
The 59-year-old Anderson takes over for former St. John's star Chris Mullin,
who resigned on April 10, citing a "recent personal loss." His older brother,
Roddy, died last month at 58 after battling cancer for years.
Arizona State's Bobby Hurley and Loyola-Chicago's Porter Moser were reportedly
targeted by St. John's before it decided on Anderson, who has a 369-200 record
in 17 seasons. He has never had a losing record as a head coach.
"This basketball program is rooted with such great tradition and it has a
history built by legendary coaches, so this is a humbling experience," Anderson
said in a statement. "I look forward to mentoring the young men who will
represent St. John's proudly on the court, in the classroom and in our
Anderson, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, spent the first part of his career
working for Nolan Richardson. He played for Richardson at Tulsa before becoming
an assistant under Richardson with the Golden Hurricane.
When Richardson departed for Arkansas, Anderson joined him in Fayetteville. He
was an assistant coach at Arkansas for 17 years, helping the Razorbacks win the
national championship in 1995.
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