Howard Moore named UIC head coach

Moore_Howard_Blog_100820.jpgWisconsin men's basketball assistant coach Howard Moore has been named head coach at UIC, the university announced Friday.

Moore leaves the Badgers after five seasons on head coach Bo Ryan's bench, where he was part of three of the five winningest seasons in UW history. He was part of five NCAA tournament appearances in his time as a UW assistant and helped the Badgers claim the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles in 2007.

"I couldn't think of a better choice to be the head coach at such a fine institution like UIC than Howard Moore," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. "His work ethic, integrity and genuine concern for helping student-athletes puts him in an elite category of college coaches.

"He is an excellent teacher and tactician of the game. Hopefully the people of Chicago will see the results of his hard work shortly."

UIC plans to formally introduce Moore as the Flames' head coach in an 11 a.m. press conference Monday at UIC Pavilion in Chiacgo.

The move will be a familiar one for Moore, who is a native of Chicago and served as an assistant coach at both the University of Chicago and University of Loyola-Chicago - which, like UIC, is a member of the Horizon League - before returning to his alma mater.

Moore played for the Badgers from 1990 to 1995 and was part of UW's first NCAA tournament team in 47 years when he helped the team to an NCAA berth in 1993.

A 1990 graduate of Taft High School in Chicago, Moore and was inducted into the Chicago Public League Hall of Fame in 1999.

"We at Wisconsin can't thank him enough, not only for his dedication the past five years on our coaching staff, but also for his time as a player here at UW," Ryan added. "We also want to thank him for being the great ambassador that he's been for college basketball and the shining example of what being a student-athlete can lead to.

"We wish the best to him and his loving family."
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