Tigers set to hire Tate
Multiple sources have told PowerMizzou.com that Corey Tate will be the Tigers' new assistant basketball coach. Tate, the current head coach at Mineral Area Community College, will replace Tim Fuller, whose departure became known on March 24th. Final details are in the process of being worked out and an announcement from Missouri is expected later this week.
Upon Fuller's departure, Tate's name was one of the first mentioned as a potential replacement. Tate played for Missouri under Norm Stewart in the mid-1990's and has been the head coach at Mineral Area since 2004. He also coaches the St. Louis Eagles 16 & under AAU team.
While Tate does not have Division One coaching experience, his connections in St. Louis and his ties to numerous current Missouri recruiting targets are viewed as major benefits. Top-five national prospect Jayson Tatum recently released his top four with Missouri missing the cut, but the Tigers are still in contention for area prospects Tyler Cook, Xavier Sneed and Jeremiah Tilmon. Many believe Tate would give Missouri an added advantage in pursuit of those prospects. In recent years, in-state recruiting, particularly in St. Louis, has been considered an area where Missouri has struggled. The Tigers have missed out on, among others, in-state products Bradley Beal, Ben McLemore, B.J. Young and Otto Porter, Jr. in the last few years.
PowerMizzou.com reported that Tate was interviewing with Anderson last week. He was also a candidate for an assistant job when Anderson took over at Missouri following the 2013-14 season. Anderson hired then Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford at the time.
Tate, an all-state player at Pattonville High School, began his college career at Mineral Area. After two seasons, he transferred to Missouri. Tate's playing career at Mizzou is probably best remembered for a jump shot that beat No. 1 and previously unbeaten Kansas, 96-94 in double overtime, on February 4, 1997.
"It's amazing. Even on my job interview that shot came up," Tate told the Columbia Daily Tribune in a 2013 article. "People still talk about the shot."
But Tate will now have a chance to write another chapter in his Missouri career.