University of Missouri

Mizzou officially adds Emanuel Dildy to men’s basketball staff

Missouri men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson formally announced Friday that Emanuel Dildy had been added to his staff as an assistant coach.

Dildy, a native of Chicago, spent the last three seasons at Loyola Chicago. A source told The Star on Aug. 5 that Dildy informed the Ramblers he’d be leaving to join the Tigers.

The announcement was delayed because that was the day Mizzou embarked on a 10-day international tour in Italy, posting a 3-1 record in four exhibition games.

Dildy played at New Mexico State and Eastern Illinois before serving as head coach at Kennedy King junior college in Chicago and as an assistant at Eastern Illinois for one season.

“Emanuel is a high-character, high-motor type of coach, and someone who I feel can really connect with the guys currently in our locker room, as well as with future Tigers on the recruiting trail,” Anderson said in a statement from MU athletics. “He is a young, energetic coach who has done all the right things leading up to this point in his career — build great relationships and coach smart, intense basketball. Mizzou fans will love getting to know Emanuel, who is passionate about teaching the game and developing young men.”

Dildy has an impeccable reputation for his recruiting ability in Chicago, but he’s also familiar with Missouri.

“I spent part of my childhood in Missouri, so I know what Mizzou basketball means to people in the state and the importance it has to so many,” Dildy said in a statement.

He said he’s known Anderson, special assistant to the head coach Brad Loos and assistant coach Steve Shields for several years, providing an immediate comfort level with the Tigers’ staff.

“It will be easy to be on the same page with how we’re teaching and how we’re recruiting,” Dildy said. “Coaching in the Southeastern Conference is an exciting opportunity that I’ve been working towards, and I cannot wait to help the Tigers meet the challenge head on.”

Dildy replaces Corey Tate, who left Mizzou for Saint Louis University last month.