Saturday, April 2, 2011
Posted: 9:42 p.m.
By David Kaplan
The Loyola Ramblers have found the successor to Jim Whitesell and will announce St. Louis University Associate Head Coach Porter Moser as their new head basketball coach sometime in the next 24 hours, Comcast SportsNet has learned.
Moser has extensive experience as a head coach having served in that position at both Arkansas Little Rock and at Illinois State University. In three seasons at Little Rock, he posted a 54-34 record. In his first season Moser inherited a team that had gone 4-24 the previous season and finished last in the league. He was the architect of the largest turnaround in Sun Belt Conference history by leading his 2000-01 club to an 18-11 mark. After losing four starters and the top three scorers from his first team, Moser led the Trojans to an 18-11 record in his second season and an 18-12 mark in 2002-03 before moving on to Illinois State.
During his four seasons with the Redbirds, Moser compiled a 51-67 record and helped to rebuild a program that was last in the Missouri Valley Conference prior to his arrival. He has spent the past four seasons as the top assistant to legendary coach Rick Majerus and is considered one of the best assistant coaches in college basketball.
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DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.
The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.
"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.
"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."
Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.
The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.
The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.
Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.
Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.
"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."
Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.