Former Illinois St Coach Joins SLU Staff

May 3rd, 2007

ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis head men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus today announced that Porter Moser will join the Billiken men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach. The former Creighton guard was the head coach at Illinois State from 2003-04 to 2006-07 after a three-year stint as the head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock.

“Because Porter is a great person and wonderful husband with four children of his own, he is tuned in to the mentoring process and is fully capable of being a father figure for recruits,” Majerus said. “As a former student-athlete at Creighton, his life reflects the values of a Jesuit education, and he is accustomed to the special way things are done at a Jesuit institution. Porter coaches like he played – with commitment and passion. He is a great combination of coach and recruiter, so I am thrilled to work alongside him.”

“I am truly excited about moving to Saint Louis and helping build a championship team there,” Moser said. “Rick Majerus is a legend in coaching and is regarded as one of the best basketball minds in the country. It is a great opportunity to work with him and bring championship basketball to SLU.”

Moser led the Redbirds to a 51-67 record over his four seasons, pushing his seven-year career head coaching record to 105-101, and left behind a championship caliber team. Last season, Illinois State boasted the Missouri Valley Conference’s Freshman of the Year in Osiris Eldridge and two other players named to the league’s All-Newcomer team. After the 2003-04 team finished 10-19, Moser guided the program to a 17-13 campaign in his second season at the helm. That 2004-05 club also boasted the MVC Newcomer of the Year in Lorenzo Gordon. After going 9-19 in his third year, Moser brought a talent-laden recruiting class into his final campaign, which yielded a 15-16 record.

At UALR, Moser inherited a team that had gone 4-24 the previous year. He was the architect of the largest turnaround in Sun Belt Conference history by leading the 2000-01 team to an 18-11 mark. Moser took the Trojans from ranking among the Sun Belt’s worst defensive squads to one that led the league in field goal percentage defense and was second in scoring defense. After losing four starters and the top three scorers from that inaugural team, Moser guided the Trojans to an 18-11 record in his second season and an 18-12 mark in 2002-03 before moving to Illinois State.

“Porter is a former head coach at two programs and is a rising star on the college scene,” Majerus said. “He is highly regarded by everyone in the game because of his ability to teach the game and his relentless recruiting. As a result, I expect to give Porter more responsibility than customary for an assistant coach.”

Moser’s coaching career began as a graduate assistant at his alma mater during the 1990-91 season. He spent four seasons as an assistant at Texas A&M before holding the same position at UW-Milwaukee during the 1995-96 campaign. Moser returned to Texas A&M for two more seasons then served as an assistant at UALR under Wimp Sanderson for two years.

At Creighton, Moser was a two-year starter and helped the Bluejays to the 1989 MVC championship. He graduated with a degree in business management in 1990.

Moser and his wife, the former Megan Lewis, have a daughter, Jordan, and three sons, Jake, Ben and Max.

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