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Mizzou basketball hires strength coach

2014-06-02T15:35:00Z 2014-06-13T17:29:42Z Mizzou basketball hires strength coachBy Dave Matter dmatter@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8508 stltoday.com

COLUMBIA, Mo. • Kim Anderson added to his Missouri basketball staff Monday with the hiring of Matt Herring, the team’s new strength and conditioning coach. He held the same position for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs from 2011-13. Before joining the Spurs staff in 2011, Herring spent seven years as the strength coach for the Florida Gators men’s basketball program, during which UF won national championships in 2006 and 2007.

"This was a big coup for our program, not only because Matt is a highly respected coach that has trained some of the elite basketball players in the world, but because he will mentor and train our young men in every phase of life," Anderson said in a prepared statement. "Matt has coached and trained at the highest levels throughout his career and has the ability to get the most out of his teams. We are excited to welcome Matt and his family to Mizzou."

MU's previous strength coach, Todor Pandov, left with former coach Frank Haith and accepted the same position under Haith at Tulsa. Pandov made $81,600 in 2012-13, according to university records. Terms of Herring's contract were not released. 

A native of Austin, Texas, Herring was the strength coach at Florida from 2004-11 and before that spent two years in the same position at Oklahoma State. A graduate of Southwest Texas State, Herring earned his graduate degree at Texas. He was working privately as a trainer this past year.

"I appreciate Coach Anderson, Mike Alden and the Mizzou Administration for this tremendous opportunity," Herring said. "I became very familiar with Missouri during my time growing up in Texas and my time working at Oklahoma State, and I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for the Athletics Department as a whole, as well as this university. We are very excited to get to town, get to work and become a part of the Mizzou and Columbia communities."

Anderson still has one assistant coach to hire to fill out his staff. Shortly after landing the head coaching job, Anderson retained associate head coach Tim Fuller and director of basketball operations Bryan Tibaldi. He later hired assistant coach Brad Loos, his longtime assistant at Central Missouri.

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Dave Matter is the Mizzou sports beat reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.