Chicago area native Porter Moser has been at the helm for the most significant moments in Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball history in the last 55 years. During his first seven seasons in Rogers Park, the Naperville, Ill. product has changed the program’s culture and reestablished recruiting in the Chicago area, all while also successfully navigating the transition to the Missouri Valley Conference. Loyola’s 50 wins over the last two seasons are its most over a two-year stretch since 1962-63 and 1963-64.
Moser was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year this year and also was selected as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 16 Coach of the Year after leading Loyola to the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships and a school-record 32 wins. Under Moser’s direction, Loyola also developed and produced its first NBA player in 30 years when former All-MVC guard Milton Doyle saw action with the Brooklyn Nets this season, and the Ramblers continue to achieve at a high level academically, last semester posting a 3.1 team grade-point average.
The 2017-18 season was a historic one for Loyola as Moser piloted the Ramblers to a school-record 32 wins and their first Final Four appearance since winning the NCAA championship in 1963, along with a No. 7 ranking in the final 2017-18 USA Today Coaches Poll.
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- Dealing with high expectations by breaking things down into smaller, achievable goals
- How Porter focused on filling his team with people possessing a winning mindset
- The importance of being willing to share the spotlight in order to get an ultimate victory for everyone
- Why Porter takes his time when it comes to looking for the right people to fill roles in his organization
- Being able to rely on those you put in leadership positions to be as committed to the culture as you are
- Refusing to rely on shortcuts when it comes to creating the type of organization you have in mind
- How to get the most out of your team by establishing trust and letting them know you care about them individually
- Porter’s dedication to passing on the lessons he learned from his mentors to those working and training with him
- Resisting the pressure to change the core of what your organization represents in pursuit of success
Ways to contact Porter:
- Twitter: @PorterMoser
- Twitter: @RamblersMBB
- Website: http://loyolaramblers.com/index.aspx?path=mbball