By Dayana Sarkisova
Chicago, IL. –Howard Moore will call UIC home for at least another three years, as Director of Athletics Jim Schmidt announced a three-year contract extension for the men’s head basketball coach.
The extension, which is pending University Board of Trustees approval, will establish Moore as the Flames’ head coach through the 2017-18 season. Moore is the 10th head coach in the history of the program, and recently completed his third season with the Flames.
“We’re very proud of the strides that have been made. Our recruiting has significantly improved, his players are performing well in the classroom, and the program now has an identity built on playing great team defense,” said Schmidt. “We believe that Howard and his staff have an effective plan to consistently win in our league, and we’re excited about him leading our program into the future.”
Moore led the Flames to an 18 win season in their 2012-2013 campaign, the most since the program’s 2007-2008 season. This resulted in the nation’s 12th-best turnaround last season. UIC advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2004, garnering their first-ever postseason win with a defeat of Chicago State in the first-round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
“As a staff, we are very proud of the things we accomplished last season – we had great senior leadership, and our young guys really bought into the vision of our program. But we’re not satisfied,” Moore stated. “Our goals are to compete for championships year-in and year-out. Everything is about our approach – in recruiting, in practice, in the classroom and in competition. We’re very excited about this offseason, and are looking forward to our continual climb to the top of the Horizon League."
Moore boasts five previous collegiate assistant coaching positions, including a five year position at his alma mater, Wisconsin, under head coach Bo Ryan. A native of the west side of Chicago, Moore has been known to utilize the city as his main source for recruiting talent.