Tim Fuller To Join Tiger Staff

New Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith adds an important piece of the puzzle to his new coaching staff with the hiring of Tim Fuller

It looks like new Missouri head coach Frank Haith has scored his first major recruiting coup, not with a potential basketball recruit, but with a man who will be the key figure in bringing in multiple top flight basketball prospects to the University of Missouri for the foreseeable future.

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com was first to report on the new hiring.

Louisville basketball assistant Tim Fuller will be joining the Tigers men's basketball program in the position of assistant coach and be the likely lead recruiting for Frank Haith's team.

The University of Louisville and coach Fuller issued this press release.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Tim Fuller, an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Louisville for the past year, has left the Cardinals for a similar position at the University of Missouri under new head coach Frank Haith.

"Frank Haith has been like a father to me." said Fuller. "He's been a part of my life since I was a freshman in college and has helped mentor, advise and direct me in every aspect as a person and professionally. I'm so thankful for everything that Coach Pitino has done for me at Louisville. He's helped change my way of thinking and drive me toward perfection. At this time in my life, being with Frank Haith at Missouri is a family decision and it's the best fit for us right now."

"We wish Tim nothing but the best," said U of L Head Coach Rick Pitino. "He's fine human being. He's going to be with someone very close to him and we wish him great success."

More on Fuller:

Years at Louisville: First. Joined staff in June 2010 after serving two years as an NBA sports marketing field representative for Nike.

Previous Coaching Experience: Volunteer Assistant Coach, North Carolina A & T (2000-01); Assistant Coach, West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C. (2001-02); Assistant Coach, Elon (2002-03); Associate Coach, Elon (2003-04); Director of Basketball Operations (2004).

Playing Experience: High School - played four years at Woodbridge Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va. College - a four-year letterwinner at Wake Forest (1997-2000), served as co-captain as a senior for the Demon Deacon's 2000 NIT squad.

Education: B.A. degree in communication from Wake Forest in 2000.

Personal Data: Born Feb. 7, 1978 in Harrisburg, Pa.; Married to his wife La'Kicia on Sept. 2, 2000. Three children: Timothy II, Gabriel Elijah, and Solomon Dior.

We are still waiting official word of the hire from the Missouri sports information department.

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