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Mike Anderson named St. John's head coach



Former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was hired as the next head coach of St. John's, the school announced on Friday.

"My family and I are very excited to join St. John's University," Anderson said. "This basketball program, with such a long tradition and a history built up by legendary coaches, is a humiliating experience, and I look forward to supporting the young men, the St. John's in the square "Being represented in the classroom and in pride in our community."

Anderson will be presented at a press conference at 1 pm ET Friday.

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He accepts a job that proved difficult after Chris Mullin's resignation. The school's first choice, Mullin, to replace Arizona coach Bobby Hurley, decided to stay in Tempe and signed a contract extension. St. John's followed Porter Moser of Loyola-Chicago, but Moser refused the Red Storm after visiting the Queens campus and interviewing. Ionas Tim Cluess withdrew his name on Thursday morning.

Anderson was fired from Arkansas as Razorbacks coach last month after eight seasons. During his time in Fayetteville, Anderson led Arkansas three times to the NCAA tournament. Prior to joining Arkansas, Anderson spent five seasons in Missouri, bringing the Tigers to three NCAA tournaments – including an elite eight-run in 2009. Anderson was also a head coach at UAB for four years, winning at least 20 games each year move up three times to the NCAA tournament.

A native of Birmingham (Alabama), he began his coaching career as an assistant to Nolan Richardson, first at Tulsa, his alma mater, for three seasons and then at Arkansas for 17 seasons in various roles.

Mullin, the biggest player in program history, was responsible for the Red Storm during four seasons. He led St. John's to an NCAA tournament appearance this season, his first since taking over as head coach, but the Red Storm lost to First State against Arizona State.

After the season, Mullin had several contentious meetings with a sports director Mike Cragg leading to speculation about his professional status. Mullin announced his retirement the day after the national championship game.


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