Sources: Porter Moser to Loyola

Updated: April 3, 2011, 4:13 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Former Illinois State coach Porter Moser will be named Loyola's men's basketball coach this week, according to multiple sources.

Moser has spent the past four seasons at Saint Louis on Rich Majerus' staff. He has been the team's associate head coach for the last three seasons.

Moser previously was the head coach at Illinois State from 2003-2007. In his four seasons, the Redbirds went 51-67 overall, 22-50 in the Missouri Valley and had one winning season. He had three years remaining on his contract when he was bought out by Illinois State following the 2006-2007 season.

Moser also coached at Arkansas-Little Rock from 2000-2003. His teams went 54-34 overall and had three winning seasons.

Moser has a reputation for recruiting in the Chicago area. Former Illinois State star Osiris Eldridge, who played at Phillips High School in Chicago, and Saint Louis freshmen Mike McCall (Foreman) and Dwayne Evans (Neuqua Valley) were recruited by Moser.

"I love Porter Moser," said Foreman High School and Illinois Heat club coach Terry Head, who coached McCall. "I thought he was a great guy. I thought he worked hard. I thought he was an honest recruiter. You don't find guys like that every day.

"I think he's bigger than Loyola. I think Loyola's getting a steal."

Moser replaces Jim Whitesell, who was fired last month after going 109-107 overall and 50-70 in the Horizon League in seven seasons at Loyola.

Moser is originally from Naperville, Ill., and attended Benet Academy in Lisle.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the hiring on Saturday night.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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