After 10 seasons as the head coach for Loyola men’s basketball, Porter Moser is heading to the University of Oklahoma to be the next head coach of the Sooners, Loyola Athletics confirmed April 3.
While not confirmed by Loyola Athletics, several outlets are reporting that Drew Valentine is Loyola’s next pick for head coach. Valentine served as an assistant coach under Moser for four seasons.
Details on Moser’s contract with Oklahoma have yet to be announced. The Sooners’ head coaching seat was open after Lon Kruger announced his retirement March 25 after 10 seasons in Norman, Oklahoma.
“Our family is so excited and honored to join the Sooner family,” Moser said in a press release from Oklahoma’s athletics department. “I’m thrilled to join a program that is so focused on culture, people and excellence. I’m looking forward to diving in and building relationships with our players, the other coaches and the OU community.”
Loyola Director of Athletics Steve Watson thanked Moser in a press release from Loyola Athletics.
“It is impossible to properly thank Porter for all he’s done for our basketball program and University,” Watson said. “His vision and leadership brought Loyola to new heights and Ramblers everywhere will be eternally grateful. A huge thank you and best wishes, from all Ramblers, are rightfully being extended to Porter and his family as they embark on their next journey.”
Watson and Moser both didn’t respond to requests for comment after multiple attempts by Phoenix reporters.
Moser accrued a 188-141 record in his 10 seasons at Loyola. His 188 wins ranks third in program history, behind George Ireland (321) and Lenny Sachs (223).
The Ramblers had five seasons of 20 or more wins under Moser — the most all-time for a Loyola coach.
While in Rogers Park, Moser led the Ramblers to an NCAA Tournament Final Four in 2018 and a Sweet 16 appearance this season. Prior to Moser’s arrival in 2011, Loyola hadn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 1985.
Moser also held head coaching positions at Illinois State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before coming to Loyola.
Mary Chappell contributed to this report.