Kaplan: Loyola to name SLU's Moser head coach

Kaplan: Loyola to name SLU's Moser head coach
April 3, 2011, 2:54 am
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Posted: 9:42 p.m.

By David Kaplan
CSNChicago.com

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.

David Kaplan is the host of Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet. Follow him on Twitter @thekapman.