Loyola promotes Drew Valentine to replace Porter Moser

Loyola Chicago promoted Drew Valentine to replace departed head coach Porter Moser.Valentine, 29, becomes the youngest head coach currently in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.He spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Ramblers, helping the team win three Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championships and earn two NCAA Tournament berths.Loyola Chicago, which reached the Final Four in 2018, knocked off No. 1 seed Illinois to reach the Sweet 16 last month.Moser was hired as the head coach at Oklahoma on Saturday.Valentine’s promotion was announced Monday night and he was formally introduced as the program’s 17th head coach on Tuesday.”It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we introduce Drew Valentine as the head coach of our men’s basketball program,” Loyola athletic director Steve Watson said. “Over the course of his career as both a player and as a coach, Drew had proven that he’s a winner who does things the right way. We are extremely proud of the recent success of our program and Drew has played a key role in those accomplishments. He is the perfect person to lead us as we continue to build upon that success as we begin the next chapter of Loyola basketball.”