University of Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden said it was an "honor and a privilege" to introduce Kim Anderson as the schoolâ??s new basketball coach.
The 58-year-old Anderson was introduced in the Reynolds Alumni Center Tuesday morning.
"It took a long time to walk up those stairs, it took 15 years," said Anderson after being introduced by Alden.
"This is my dream job, Iâ??m Mizzou through and throughâ?¦I know how special this program is to so many people."
The Universityâ??s announcement of the hiring came after a special meeting by the Board of Curators in Columbia Monday.
Anderson served as an assistant under Norm Stewart at Mizzou from 1982-1985 and again from 1991-1999. The team reached the NCAA Tournament six times during those seasons.
"When I started coaching with Coach Stewart in the 80â??s, I though someday Iâ??d like to be the head coach at Missouriâ?¦Itâ??s been something Iâ??ve worked for, for a long time," he said.
Anderson spent 12 seasons in total at Central Missouri, leading the Mules to a 274-94 (.743) record. They reached the Division II Final Four in 2007, 2009, and 2014, winning the National Championship this past season. He leaves the school as the all-time winningest coach.
Before Central Missouri, Anderson spent two years as assistant commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
According to a release from spokesman Chad Moller, Anderson's base salary is $300,000 with another $800,000 in guarantees. He could make around $2.4 million if he meets all incentives.
Anderson ended his remarks before questioning with, "There is no place on earth I would rather be than Columbiaâ?¦thanks for bringing me home."