Kim Anderson added some experience to his crop of assistant coaches Thursday when Missouri announced the hiring of Steve Shields as a special assistant to the head men’s basketball coach.
Shields spent the last 12 seasons as the head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock, where he broke the program record for wins and went 192-178 since 2003-04.
Under Shields’ guidance, the Trojans reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament and won five Sun Belt divisional titles.
“We are incredibly excited to add Steve to our Mizzou men’s basketball family,” Anderson said in a release from MU athletics. “I have known Steve since my days at Baylor University when his father was the golf coach.
“I have closely followed his career since then, and I was always impressed with the way his teams played at Arkansas-Little Rock. He brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our program. We welcome Steve, Kendra, and their children to our program.”
Shields will assist Anderson with non-coaching duties. That includes the monitoring and tracking of the Tigers’ recruiting efforts, the program’s budget, advance scouting and coordinating academic advancement and community involvement.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining Kim’s outstanding staff he has put together at Mizzou,” Shields said. “I can’t wait to get myself and the family up to Columbia to get started. As with any basketball program, there is work to be done. Helping Kim continue to build a strong foundation for this program will be an incredibly important part of my role. I’m excited to get started.”