In a move that takes uncertainty out of the head coaching seat, Loyola men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser has signed on to stay with the Ramblers for an additional four years.
Moser, whose deal was set to expire after the 2017-18 season, inked a contract extension through the 2021-22 season, according to the Loyola Athletic Department. He announced the deal at the annual men’s basketball banquet the night before.
The Athletic Department declined to reveal Moser’s salary over the next four seasons.
Despite failing to finish with a winning conference record in his six seasons at Loyola, this is Moser’s second contract extension with the Ramblers since he took over the program in 2011.
The new contract comes at a crucial time for the men’s basketball program and Moser, who’s recruiting his next signing class.
Rather than letting Moser coach out the final season of his contract, Athletic Director Steve Watson’s decision to extend the leader of his men’s basketball program reassures recruits and underclassmen that their coach is there to stay.
Watson called Moser a “passionate, hard-working and successful” head coach.
“[Moser] does things the right way, with student-athletes who excel in the classroom as well as on the court and are active on campus and in the community as excellent representatives of Loyola,” Watson said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have him as the leader of our men’s basketball program and are confident that great things lie ahead.”
Moser said he appreciates the support from Loyola’s administration.
“Having continuity as you build a program is critical and we will never waver from recruiting the type of student-athlete that Loyola can be proud of,” said Moser. “We have successfully transitioned to the Missouri Valley Conference and are now ready to become one of the top teams in the league.”
Moser coached the Ramblers through a transition when the program moved from the Horizon League to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) in 2013. He holds a 89-105 overall record and 33-73 conference record at Loyola.
Under Moser’s reign, Loyola has only finished with an overall winning record twice, the latest instance coming last season. Before Moser was hired, former head coach Jim Whitesell, who coached the Ramblers from 2004 to 2011, led the Ramblers to three consecutive second-to-last place finishes in conference.
Last season, Moser capped his fifth year with the Ramblers with a loss to Southern Illinois University in the quarterfinal round of the MVC tournament. Loyola earned fifth in the MVC, the highest the team has finished in conference standings under Moser, and recorded an 18-14 record and 8-10 in the MVC.
Next season, Moser will lose senior star guard Milton Doyle and senior guard Glorind Lisha to graduation and junior forward Maurice Kirby, who announced he’s transferring to Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.
In 2015, Moser led the Ramblers to their first postseason tournament berth in more than three decades. Loyola, which at the time was led by forward Montel James and Doyle, won the College Basketball Invitational tournament. That was the Ramblers’ first postseason tournament win of any kind since Loyola won the school’s only NCAA men’s basketball national championship title in 1963.
Before he moved to Loyola, Moser was an assistant coach at St. Louis University and a head coach at Illinois State University and the University of Arkansas – Little Rock.
Moser, a native of west suburban Naperville, coached at Illinois State for four seasons. After the 2006-07 season, Moser was fired after the Redbirds saw their third consecutive first-round exit from Arch Madness. Moser finished with .432 winning percentage at Illinois State.
From 2000 to 2003, Moser was the head coach at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock, finishing with a 54-34 overall recorded. The Trojans never placed higher than fifth in the Sun Belt Conference standings in Moser’s three years there.
In college, Moser was a two-year starter at Creighton University, where he received a business management degree in 1990.