April 13, 2011
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."
Fuller is the second Cardinal assistant to depart following the Cardinals' 25-10 season. Steve Masiello, who was an assistant with U of L for six seasons, was named the head coach of Manhattan College on Monday. Masiello is the 25th former Pitino assistant or player to become a collegiate head coach. In addition, current assistant coach Mark Lieberman will move to the Cardinals' Director of Basketball Operations position. Pitino will announce his complete staff in the next few weeks.
A graduate of Wake Forest (2000), Fuller was an NBA sports marketing field representative for Nike for two years prior to joining the Cardinals' staff. He has also worked as a volunteer assistant basketball coach at North Carolina A&T (2000-01), an assistant at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C., an assistant coach at Elon, Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Miami (Fla.) under Haith, Director of Basketball Operations for two seasons at Wake Forest, and as an assistant coach at Fairfield (Conn.) University for one year (2006-07).