Frank Haith

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Frank Haith
Frank Haith at Mizzou Arena.jpg
Frank Haith in March 2014 at Mizzou Arena
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Missouri
Record 77–29 (.726)
Biographical details
Born (1965-11-03) November 3, 1965 (age 48)
Queens, New York
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Elon (asst.)
Wake Forest (asst.)
UNC Wilmington (asst.)
Texas A&M (asst.)
Penn State (asst.)
Texas A&M (asst.)
Wake Forest (asst.)
Texas (asst.)
Miami (Florida)
Head coaching record
Overall 206–129 (.615)
Accomplishments and honors
2012 AP Big 12 Coach of the Year
2012 Henry Iba Award Coach of the year
2012 AP College Basketball Coach of the Year

Frank Haith (born November 3, 1965) is currently the men's basketball head coach at the University of Missouri. Haith reached 50 wins faster than any coach in Mizzou history.

Early life[edit]

Frank Haith was born in Queens, New York to Frank Haith, Sr. and Dolores Haith. At the age of five, Haith was sent with his older sister to Burlington, North Carolina, where they were raised by their grandmother, Ethel Mae Haith. They were joined by their three remaining siblings six years later when their mother died of a heart attack.[1]


Early career[edit]

Prior to his job at Miami, Haith had been an assistant coach for 15 years at such programs as Texas, Texas A&M, UNC-Wilmington, Penn State, Wake Forest, and Elon University. As an assistant coach he recruited six McDonald's All-Americans, Rodney Rodgers in 1990 to Wake Forest, Jerald Brown in 1995 to Texas A&M, Brad Buckman in 2002 to Texas, and LaMarcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson, and Michael Williams in 2004 to Texas.


Haith was hired on April 11, 2004 and tasked with leading the Hurricanes into the Atlantic Coast Conference. In his first season, Haith took a team that was coming off two straight losing seasons and picked to finish last in the ACC and guided it to the postseason for the first time since 2002. As a result, Haith was a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award.

Haith again took Miami to the NIT in 2005, and the Hurricanes won their first two games before bowing out in a heartbreaking loss to Michigan Wolverines. It was just the second time in Miami's basketball history that the Hurricanes had won back-to-back postseason games.

Haith reached just one NCAA Tournament as the head coach at Miami, leading the Hurricanes to a second-round appearance in 2008. The next season, Haith's team returned four starters, including sharpshooter Jack McClinton.[2] Miami began the season ranked 16th in the USA Today/ESPN pre-season poll,[3] and the media picked it to finish fourth in the ACC.[4] However, Miami finished below .500 in conference play and missed the NCAA Tournament, instead participating in the NIT. The following season, Haith's team finished in last place in the ACC.

Haith has also led the Hurricanes to success off-the-court. Under Haith's tenure, all 8 Miami senior basketball players who have completed their eligibility have earned their degrees. Miami also placed three players on the ACC All-Academic basketball team for the 2004-2005 season, more than any school in the conference.


An investigation in the Nevin Shapiro scandal at Miami's football program also uncovered impropriety in the men's basketball program. After 2-1/2 years of investigation, on October 22, 2013 the NCAA handed Haith, who had by that point left for Missouri, a five-game ban to open the 2013-14 season.


On April 4, 2011, Haith accepted the head coaching job at the University of Missouri.[5] The Missouri Tigers needed a coach after Mike Anderson left the Tigers to go back to Arkansas where he had been an assistant for 17 years. The job was originally offered to Matt Painter who turned Missouri down.[6]

In his first year at Missouri, Haith inherited a team that a year before went 23-11 and lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. From that team, only nine players returned for Haith's first year, leaving him with a short bench, though the team had six seniors and had been to the NCAA tournament each of the last three seasons.

The bench got even shorter when senior Laurence Bowers, the team's second-best returning scorer and leading rebounder, went down with a torn ACL before the season began and after the first semester when sophomore Kadeem Green transferred. The loss of both Bowers and Green left Haith with only two post players and just seven total scholarship players for his first season at Mizzou.

To make up for this deficiency, Haith and his staff put into place a four-guard system to attempt to take advantage of the speed, passing, and outside shooting of his roster. The system resulted in the Tigers setting a school record for the most regular season wins with 27. The Tigers went 13-0 in the non-conference and 14-4 in Big 12 play, and went 3-0 in the Sprint Center in Kansas City to win the Big 12 Tournament.

At 30-4, the Tigers were given a 2-seed in the West bracket of the NCAA Tournament, where they were upset by 15-seed Norfolk State 86-84 in their first game, ending their season at 30-5.

On March 19, 2012, the United States Basketball Writers Association awarded Haith the Henry Iba Award as national coach of the year.[7] On March 30, 2012, Haith was named the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year.[8]

Second year (2012-2013 Season)[edit]

Haith's second year at Missouri began with plenty of promise, as the Tigers began the season ranked #14 and blended a quality group of transfers in Alex Oriakhi (UConn), Jabari Brown (Oregon), Keion Bell (Pepperdine) and Earnest Ross (Auburn) in with returning point guard Phil Pressey and Laurence Bowers, who was returning from a knee injury.

The Tigers started 5-0 before losing to #2 Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas in late November. Mizzou would reel off six straight wins after that, including defeating NCAA Tournament teams VCU and #10 Illinois in St. Louis. Ranked #7 in the country, Mizzou lost to UCLA before beating Bucknell heading into its inaugural season in the SEC.

In conference play, Mizzou went 11-7, with all of those losses coming on the road. The Tigers defeated #5 Florida in Mizzou Arena and won three of their final four games heading into the SEC Tournament.

Mizzou beat former Big 12 rival Texas A&M in the second round of the tournament before losing to Ole Miss in the quarterfinals, 64-62.

With a 23-10 record, the Tigers secured a 9-seed in the Midwest bracket of the NCAA Tournament, where they had to play 8-seed Colorado State. The Rams defeated Mizzou in the second round matchup at Rupp Arena, 84-72.

Third year (2013-2014 Season)[edit]

Haith was hit hard by roster turnover, losing Pressey early to the NBA, Laurence Bowers, Keion Bell and Alex Oriakhi to graduation, and Negus Webster-Chan, Stefan Jankovic and Dominique Bull to transfers.

Haith's Tigers finished 9-9 in league play to finish sixth.

Mizzou beat Texas A&M in the second round of the SEC Tournament, but lost to eventual champion and #1 ranked Florida in the quarterfinals, 72-49.

With a 22-11 record, the Tigers secured an invitation to the NIT, where they beat Davidson in round one before before losing to Southern Miss in the second round.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Miami Hurricanes (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2004–2010)
2004–2005 Miami 16–13 7–9 T–6th NIT First Round
2005–2006 Miami 18–16 7–9 T–7th NIT Quarterfinals
2006–2007 Miami 12–20 4–12 12th
2007–2008 Miami 23–11 8–8 T–5th NCAA Second Round
2008–2009 Miami 19–13 7–9 T–7th NIT Second Round
2009–2010 Miami 20–13 4–12 12th
2010–2011 Miami 21–15 6–10 9th NIT Quarterfinals
Miami: 129–101 (.561) 43–69 (.384)
Missouri Tigers (Big 12 Conference) (2011–2012)
2011–2012 Missouri 30–5 14–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
Missouri Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (2012–present)
2012–2013 Missouri 23–11 11–7 T–5th NCAA Second Round
2013–2014 Missouri 24–12 9–9 T–6th NIT Second Round
Missouri: 77–29 (.726) 34–19 (.642)
Total: 206–129 (.615)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Haith is a 1988 graduate of Elon University (then Elon College). He and his wife, Pam, have two children; one son, Corey, and one daughter, Brianna. Haith's nephew, Sean Bell, was slain by New York City police in a controversial November 25, 2006 shooting incident.[9][dead link]


  1. ^ "Humble start sculpted Haith's character." By Steve Walentik, Columbia Daily Tribune, April, 17, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2013
  2. ^ J.L. (2008-11-17). "Thanks to a Star Guard, The Hurricanes Have Moved Up a - 11.17.08 - SI Vault". Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  3. ^ Carey, Jack (2008-10-31). "2008-09 USA TODAY/ESPN preseason coaches' poll". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  4. ^ "North Carolina Favored in 2008-09 Pre-Season Poll by ACC Media - The Official Athletic Site of the Atlantic Coast Conference". 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  5. ^ Gregorian, Vahe (4 April 2011). "Mizzou pulls surprise by hiring Miami's Frank Haith". Archived from the original on 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
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  7. ^ Gregorian, Vahe. "Haith named national coach of year". Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Missouri's Frank Haith coach of year". Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "50 Bullets, One Dead, and Many Questions". NY Times. Retrieved February 2012. 

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