As Loyola preps for the Final Four, Porter Moser pays tribute to his late parents
SAN ANTONIO – Moments like this come only to a few coaches, and to those whom get to experience it, they’re chances are typically limited.
Like the collection of other coaches who’ve taken the floor for the Final Four, Porter Moser is trying to take in the moment. The Loyola coach has attended the event for many years as an observer, but for the first time in 2018 he’s doing so as a coach.
It’s an honor and a major accomplishment for the coach, who built the Ramblers from a seven-win program in 2011-2012 to a Final Four squad in seven years. Just before leading his team onto the floor for their open workout at the Alamodome on Friday, Moser decided to pay tribute to a pair of people who helped him to get there.
Moser sent out this tweet of the gravesite of his parents on Friday morning, which was sent to him by his brother Mitch.
It shows the gravesite with a Loyola basketball logo and a Final Four logo placed on laminated signs. In the post, Moser wrote ” YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE BECAUSE OF YOUR PARENTS.”
During this past week of lead up to the Ramblers’ National Semifinal game against Michigan, Moser’s career has become a one of the big storylines of the tournament. Fired at Illinois State at the end of the 2006-2007 season, the coach spent four years as an assistant at St. Louis before getting his shot at Loyola.
While in Rogers Park, he led the team to a CBI Title in the 2014-2015 season and then eventually to a Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament title in 2018. As the 11th season, Loyola has knocked off Miami, Tennessee, Nevada, and Kansas State en route to their first Final Four since 1963.