Chicago Colleges: Jason Gardner

Loyola's Moser loses entire coaching staff

June, 17, 2013
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.

Gardner joins Loyola's staff

August, 5, 2011
Former Arizona guard Jason Gardner was added to Loyola coach Porter Moser's staff as an assistant coach on Friday.

Gardner starred at Arizona from 1999-03 and helped the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the 2001 NCAA tournament. He had his number retired by the school in 2005. He played overseas until 2010.

Gardner began his coaching career last season as an assistant at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. He was also an assistant coach for the Eric Gordon All Stars, a club team, this summer.

"I think there's no question he's going to be a star in this profession," Moser said. "As a player, he had an infectious, positive impact on any kid he was around. When I talked to coach Lute Olson and Josh Pastner, they said, ‘We've never had a player who had an impact on players like Jason Gardner did.'"

Moser has focused on Illinois and Indiana to be his main recruiting grounds. He believed Gardner could assist him in getting players from Indiana.

"I wanted two assistant coaches from Illinois and one from Indiana," Moser said. "Jason's well liked in Indiana. He was Mr. Basketball in Indiana. He went to North Central [High School.] He's very well connected in Indiana."

Gardner replaces Michael Lewis as Loyola's third assistant coach. Lewis was hired in April shortly after Moser became Loyola's head coach and left the program less than a month later to take a position on Butler's staff.



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