Frank Haith

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Frank Haith
Frank Haith at Mizzou Arena.jpg
Frank Haith in March 2014 at Mizzou Arena
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceThe American
Annual salary$1.3 million
Biographical details
Born (1965-11-03) November 3, 1965 (age 53)
Queens, New York
Alma materElon
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1989Elon (assistant)
1989–1990Wake Forest (assistant)
1990–1992UNC Wilmington (assistant)
1992–1995Texas A&M (assistant)
1995–1996Penn State (assistant)
1996–1997Texas A&M (assistant)
1997–2001Wake Forest (assistant)
2001–2004Texas (assistant)
2004–2011Miami (FL)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
Big 12 Tournament (2012)
AP Big 12 Coach of the Year (2012)
Henry Iba Award (2012)
AP National Coach of the Year (2012)

Frank James Haith Jr. (born November 3, 1965) is the men's basketball head coach for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Haith had previously been the head coach at the University of Miami and the University of Missouri.

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, UNCW, Penn State, Wake Forest, and Elon University. As an assistant coach he recruited six McDonald's All-Americans, Rodney Rogers in 1990 to Wake Forest, Jerald Brown in 1995 to Texas A&M, Bradley 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 loss to the 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]

First year (2011–12 season)[edit]

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.[6] On March 30, 2012, Haith was named the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year.[7]

Second year (2012–13 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 (2013–14 season)[edit]

With Haith sitting out the first five games of the season due to the NCAA suspension, assistant Tim Fuller started the season as interim coach. However, Missouri credits the entire season to Haith.

Haith's third team 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 losing to Southern Miss in the second round.

In 2016, the University of Missouri announced findings of an internal investigation that uncovered violations occurring throughout Haith's tenure at the school. As part of its self-imposed sanctions, Missouri vacated all wins from the 2013–14 season,[8] bringing Haith's official record while coaching the Tigers to 53–28 (25–20 in conference play).


On April 17, 2014, Haith reportedly agreed to leave Missouri to become head coach at the University of Tulsa.[9] Haith reportedly text messaged the athletic director of Missouri and told him he was going to be taking the Tulsa job after they failed to connect the previous evening. A USA Today article reports Haith called Mike Alden the night before accepting the job and replied to a text response from Alden after Alden did not take his call. Haith was introduced as Tulsa's new coach on April 18 after signing a six-year contract worth about $1.3 million per year.[10] In his first year at Tulsa, Haith led the Golden Hurricane to a 23–11 record with key wins over Connecticut, Temple, and Memphis.[11]

Personal life[edit]

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 killed by New York City police in a controversial November 25, 2006 shooting incident.[12]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Miami Hurricanes (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2004–2010)
2004–05 Miami 16–13 7–9 T–6th NIT First Round
2005–06 Miami 18–16 7–9 T–7th NIT Quarterfinal
2006–07 Miami 12–20 4–12 12th
2007–08 Miami 23–11 8–8 T–5th NCAA Second Round
2008–09 Miami 19–13 7–9 T–7th NIT Second Round
2009–10 Miami 20–13 4–12 12th
2010–11 Miami 21–15 6–10 9th NIT Quarterfinal
Miami: 129–101 (.561) 43–69 (.384)
Missouri Tigers (Big 12 Conference) (2011–2012)
2011–12 Missouri 30–5 14–4 2nd NCAA Division I First Round
Missouri Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (2012–2014)
2012–13 Missouri 23–11 11–7 T–5th NCAA Division I First Round
2013–14 Missouri 23–12 (vacated) 9–9 (vacated) T–6th NIT Second Round
Missouri: 76–28 (.731) 34–20 (.630)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (American Athletic Conference) (2014–present)
2014–15 Tulsa 23–11 14–4 2nd NIT Second Round
2015–16 Tulsa 20–12 12–6 3rd NCAA Division I First Four
2016–17 Tulsa 15–17 8–10 7th
2017–18 Tulsa 19–12 12–6 4th
2018–19 Tulsa 18–14 8–10 T–7th
Tulsa: 95–66 (.590) 54–36 (.600)
Total: 300–195 (.606)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


  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.
  6. ^ Gregorian, Vahe. "Haith named national coach of year". Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  7. ^ Associated Press. "Missouri's Frank Haith coach of year". Retrieved 30 March 2012.
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  9. ^ John E. Hoover, "Hiring Frank Haith a bold move by TU's Derrick Gragg", Tulsa World, April 17, 2014 (subscription required).
  10. ^ "For Frank Haith, Tulsa basketball is new start and sanctuary". USA TODAY.
  11. ^ "Calling process a 'whirlwind,' Frank Haith named Tulsa's new men's basketball coach", Tulsa World, April 18, 2014 (subscription required).
  12. ^ "50 Bullets, One Dead, and Many Questions". NY Times. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2012.

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