Loyola Chicago officially names Drew Valentine head coach
Loyola Chicago has officially hired its next head basketball coach.
Monday, the school announced the hiring of Drew Valentine as the next head coach, promoting from within the program. He will replace Porter Moser, who accepted the job at Oklahoma following Lon Kruger’s retirement.
“It is an absolute honor to be named head men’s basketball coach at Loyola University Chicago,” Valentine said. “I’d like to congratulate one of the biggest mentors and role models in my life, Coach Moser, on his new opportunity at the University of Oklahoma. The impact that he has made on this entire University will not forgotten. We will continue to do things the right way, with character and passion! The vision and standard that Coach Moser established will forever remain a part of the culture.”
— Loyola Men's Basketball (@RamblersMBB) April 6, 2021
Valentine is the older brother of former Michigan State star and current Chicago Bulls wing Denzel Valentine. He has been on the Loyola Chicago staff for four seasons and was part of the Ramblers squad that reached the Final Four in 2018.
Before his time at Loyola Chicago, Valentine was a graduate assistant at Michigan State. After his time in East Lansing, he spent two seasons at Oakland as an assistant coach. Valentine played college basketball at Oakland, as well.
Loyola Chicago earned a trip to the Sweet Sixteen this season.