Less than 24 hours after losing in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), Porter Moser lost his top assistant coach.
It was announced Wednesday afternoon that Loyola associate head men’s basketball coach Bryan Mullins was named the new head coach at Southern Illinois University Wednesday afternoon, the university announced. He signed a five-year contract worth $475,000 per year, according to a press release.
Mullins, a Southern Illinois alumnus, will replace Barry Hinson at Southern Illinois. Hinson stepped down after seven years at the helm. He failed to make the NCAA Tournament or the NIT during that time.
“Bryan’s won at everything he’s ever done,” Southern Illinois athletics director Jerry Kill said in a statement. “There’s no doubt in my mind he’s the right fit. Our teams will play hard and be tough.”
Mullins served on Moser’s coaching staff for the past six seasons, including three years as an assistant coach. He was promoted to associate head coach at Loyola in May after the Ramblers made a run to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.
A 2009 Southern Illinois graduate, Mullins was named Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Defensive Player of the Year twice during his four years in Carbondale. He also played an integral role at Southern Illinois, helping the Salukis make the NCAA Tournament twice during his collegiate career — including a Sweet Sixteen appearance his sophomore season.
After playing four years of professional basketball in France, Mullins made the transition to coaching in 2013 and quickly earned Moser’s trust as he quickly rose the ranks on Loyola’s bench. In last season’s NCAA Sweet 16 game against University of Nevada, Mullins made the suggestion to start Aundre Jackson in the second half in place of Cameron Krutwig. Moser followed that advice, and it paid off as Jackson scored 13 points in the second half to help send the Ramblers to the Elite Eight.