Missouri hires Matt Herring as new men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach

06/02/2014 3:53 PM

06/05/2014 1:23 PM

Missouri men’s basketball announced Monday that Matt Herring had been hired as the program’s strength and conditioning coach.

Herring most recently served in the same role for the San Antonio Spurs from 2011-13. He takes over as the Tigers’ director of athletic performance after Todor Pandov followed former coach Frank Haith to Tulsa.

“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,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson said in a release from MU athletics. “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.”

Herring, who graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1994 and earned a master’s at Texas in 2002, began at Oklahoma State and served on the 2004 Final Four staff.

Herring, a native of Austin, Texas, spent the next seven seasons at Florida, including back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.

During his two-year NBA stint, the Spurs went 108-40 and reached the NBA Finals last season before falling in seven games against the Miami Heat. He spent last season as a private instructor in the San Antonio area.

“I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for the (Missouri) athletics department as a whole, as well as this university,” Herring said through MU. “We are very excited to get to town, get to work and become a part of the Mizzou and Columbia communities.”

Herring and his wife, Cindy, have one daughter, Laney.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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