Loyola's Moser loses entire coaching staff

June, 17, 2013
6/17/13
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Porter Moser had to put together an entire staff when he was hired as Loyola coach in 2011, and he's at it again in 2013.

Moser confirmed Monday he has lost all three of his assistant coaches to other positions.

Rick Malnati left the program in April after two seasons to become a high school coach again. Malnati will be the varsity boys basketball coach at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. Malnati was previously the varsity boys basketball coach at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill.

Armon Gates recently left Loyola to be an assistant coach for Northwestern coach Chris Collins. Gates' hiring is expected to be announced by Northwestern soon. Gates spent two years with Moser.

Jason Gardner also recently departed Loyola to be an assistant coach for Memphis coach Josh Pastner, who Gardner played with at Arizona. Gardner had been given his first college coaching position with Moser and was at Loyola for two seasons.

"I was called for permission to talk to Armon in one hour, and the next hour I was called for permission to talk to Jason," Moser said on Monday. "That's just part of the business. I'm happy for everybody. I hope this is a reflection that I hire good people. It's a positive reflection on who we're hiring. People are looking at our program. They're high-character people. I'm going to miss them. I'm going to miss going through the day-to-day grind with those guys.

"We were really trying to resurrect this program. I'm 100 percent sure that I'm going to hire guys with that same vision. I wanted high-energy, high-character guys that can recruit and coach and relate to people. I'm not going away from what I hired before. Obviously, it's always a challenge when you lose an assistant. I'm going to hire a great staff again."

Moser said no one has been officially hired yet, but he already is in the process of adding to his staff.

According to a source, Daniyal Robinson is expected to join Loyola's staff and be reunited with Moser. Robinson was an assistant coach to Moser from 2003-2007 at Illinois State. Robinson has spent the past three seasons as assistant coach at the University of Houston.
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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