Kansas City, Mo. Rich Zvosec was hired Tuesday as Missouri-Kansas City's third coach in as many years.
The 40-year-old Zvosec, an assistant to Dean Demopoulos last year, signed a four-year contract through the 2004-2005 season. He was promoted when Demopoulous left the Kangaroos after one season to join the staff of the Seattle Supersonics.
"He was my No. 1 candidate," said sophomore guard Michael Watson, who signed with the Kangaroos when Bob Sundvold was coach and stayed on under Demopoulous.
UMKC went 14-16 last season.
"One thing that I will promise you is that I will do everything in my power to make this program here at UMKC something special," Zvosec said.
Zvosec was 27 when he became head coach at St. Francis (N.Y.). In his three seasons there, the Terriers compiled a 38-48 record.