Former University of Wisconsin basketball player Howard Moore begins his sixth season as a Badger assistant in 2010-11. Moore played for UW from 1990-95 and was part of the 1993 NIT team and 1994 NCAA Tournament team.
"We're proud to announce the return of one of the most popular figures in Badger basketball, this time in the coaching ranks," Head Coach Bo Ryan said upon hiring Moore. "Howard knows the campus and the climate of the University and that will definitely be an advantage on the recruiting trail just as his knowledge as a coach and teacher will be a benefit on the floor."
In Moore's six seasons on the Badgers' bench, Wisconsin has participated in the NCAA tournament every year and won both the 2007 Big Ten regular season and tournament championships. UW has posted three of the top-five winningest seasons in school history during Moore's tenure, including a record 31 wins in 2007.
Moore spent 2004-05 as an assistant at the University of Loyola-Chicago, handling off-campus recruiting and working primarily with the team's post players. The Ramblers, who were 9-20 overall and 4-12 in the Horizon League in 2003-04, went 13-17 in Moore's lone season, including 8-8 in the Horizon League. They won six of their last seven games, losing to UW-Milwaukee in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals.
Prior to joining the Loyola staff, Moore was an assistant under Tim Buckley at Ball State for one season. At Ball State, Moore helped the Cardinals become the top three-point field percentage defense team in the Mid-American Conference, limiting foes to .315 shooting from beyond the arc. On the recruiting trail, Moore helped land what was considered by many experts to be the top class in the MAC.
Before his stint at Ball State, Moore served as the head off-campus recruiter and also mentored the guards and post players at Bradley from 2000-03. In that stretch he helped mold Phillip Gilbert and James Gillingham into All-Missouri Valley Conference selections. Moore also served as an administrative assistant at Bradley in 1999-2000.
After a two-year stint as an assistant boys varsity coach at Taft High School, Moore commenced his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at the University of Chicago.
Moore played at UW from 1990-95, playing for Steve Yoder, Stu Jackson and Stan Van Gundy. The Badgers earned an NIT bid in 1991, Moore's redshirt season. His sophomore year, Wisconsin returned to the NIT and as a junior, he was a part of UW's first NCAA tournament team in 47 years.
Moore played in 47 games as a Badger, including 21 as a senior. He represented the Big Ten by touring Argentina with a group of league all-stars in 1994. Moore, who was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin African-American Alumni Association Student Leadership Award in 1993, graduated from Wisconsin in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in African-American Studies.
A 1990 graduate of Taft High School in Chicago, Moore guided his team to the Chicago Public League semifinals as a senior and was named to the Chicago Public League Hall of Fame in 1999.
Moore, his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Jerell, and daughter Jaidyn live in Madison.