Mizzou coach Kim Anderson is keeping Bryan Tibaldi as director of basketball operations

05/01/2014 1:07 PM

05/01/2014 1:08 PM

Missouri men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson announced Thursday that he would retain Bryan Tibaldi in his current role as director of basketball operations.

Tibaldi, 29, has been with the Tigers the last three seasons. He is a native of Traverse City, Mich., and played for Tom Izzo at Michigan State, where he began his career as a walk-on.

“Bryan is a talented young coach and has great passion for Mizzou basketball and the coaching profession,” Anderson said in a statement from MU. “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Bryan over these past few days and am excited to retain him in the Director of Basketball Operations role.”

Tibaldi served as a graduate assistant for Izzo for two seasons then spent the next two years as the Chicago Bulls’ video coordinator before former Missouri coach Frank Haith brought him to Missouri.

“I want to thank coach Anderson and our administration for this opportunity,” Tibaldi said in the statement. “I’m excited to work and learn under coach Anderson and his staff. Coach Anderson is an outstanding basketball coach and an even better person, and I’m grateful to get the opportunity to stay on and grow as a coach here at Mizzou.”

Missouri announced Wednesday that associate head coach Tim Fuller also would remain with the Tigers.

Anderson also will bring his right-hand man, Central Missouri associate head coach Brad Loos, with him from Warrensburg, Mo.

That leaves Anderson with one vacancy on his coaching staff, though a decision also must be made regarding video coordinator Toby Lane, the last of three holdovers from Haith’s staff.

Anderson also must hire a strength and conditioning coach after Todor Pandov went with Haith to Tulsa.

Another advantage of retaining Fuller and Tibaldi is that it provides continuity for the Tigers’ remaining roster, but that wasn’t necessarily a deciding factor.

“People around the department and our program have great respect for Bryan,” Anderson said. “His work ethic and attention to detail will serve this staff and our student-athletes well. I look forward to working with Bryan closely as we build our program.”

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