Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Speaker Series

Frank Haith: Uncaged Leadership: The Story of the 2011-2012 Mizzou Basketball Season

In his inaugural season with Mizzou, Frank Haith led the team to new heights. Not only did the 25-year coaching veteran foster a family atmosphere and impeccable academic success, he helped the Tiger program step back into the national spotlight. That year, Haith and his staff guided the Tigers to a 30-5 overall record in 2011-12, marking just the second 30-win season in MU history.

With his record-setting first season in the books, Haith earned the Big 12 Coach of the Year title; he was named U.S. Basketball Writers Association District VI Coach of the Year; he received the prestigious Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award; and he was named the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year. As a first-year coach, Haith guided his team to more regular season wins than any other Mizzou coach before him and became the first Tiger head coach since 1920-21 to win his first 14 games.

Haith came to Mizzou after coaching seven seasons at the University of Miami where he left as the winningest postseason coach. His program was known for producing young men who were well-rounded, visible on campus and in the community and academically successful: 21 of 22 seniors to play for Haith earned a degree. "That’s my proudest moment," he said. "To know we churned out young men, ready to make positive contributions in the community, ready to be great fathers and husbands. That’s what coaching at the college level is about."

September 6, 2012
Bush Auditorium
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