By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Porter Moser has turned down the St. John’s Red Storm’s men’s basketball vacancy. The 50-year-old Naperville, Illinois native will remain the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers head coach.
The St. John’s will turn their attention to another coach. The school has also been rejected from their top target, Bobby Hurley, who elected to remain the Arizona State Sun Devils head coach.
The Red Storm are looking for a new leader after previous head coach Chris Mullin resigned. He was the head coach at his alma mater for four seasons.
“I know there have been a lot of things swirling out there the past few days,” Moser said. “Because I have coached and coached with some amazing young men, and because I have had the support of the University, friends, family, and the loyal Loyola fans; opportunities have arisen. I know that is part of the business, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m humbled, grateful, and grounded with what comes my way.”
Moser has been the Ramblers men’s basketball coach since 2011. Since that time, he has gone 141-125.
During his tenure, he has guided the team to three playoff appearances. The team won the CBI Championship in 2014-15.
In addition, Loyola-Chicago went to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four in 2017-18. They were defeated 69-57 by the Michigan Wolverines on March 31st, 2018.
This past season, he guided the Ramblers to a 20-14 record. They also had a 12-6 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Loyola-Chicago was eliminated in the first-round of the NIT Tournament. They were defeated 70-61 by the Creighton Bluejays on March 19 in Omaha, Nebraska.
“People in business say I’m crazy for passing up opportunities and the money,” Moser added. “But what they don’t know is the amazing young men I coach and the culture we have built. What they don’t know are the amazing young men who are committed to come to Loyola and wear the Maroon and Gold. What they don’t know are the people and friends that make up the Loyola community. And what they don’t know is what makes me tick.
“So what I do say to Rambler nation is … let’s keep building this culture and making a difference. Let’s keep chasing championships. Let’s do things better than we have ever done before. With that said … I’M ALL IN!”
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