Moser Withdraws From UWGB Search

Saint Louis University basketball associate head coach Porter Moser pulled his name out of consideration for the head coach position at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday morning.

Moser interviewed with Green Bay at the Final Four and then, after being selected as one of five finalists, had a second interview on the UW-GB campus on Monday.

The Billikens assistant coach, who was hired at the same time as SLU head coach Rick Majerus and has been a key contributor to the coaching staff with his recruiting, wants to be a head coach again and was intrigued by the position at Green Bay.

"I really looked at the situation there," Moser said. "They have a great situation there. … But it was just too hard for me at this time. I really spent a lot of time deliberating. I feel like I'm too invested here. My wife and I love St. Louis. I love coaching these guys. There are no guarantees that I'll get the job at Saint Louis (after Majerus moves on). I just have to keep doing what I'm doing, recruiting and trying to move this forward. … I think it's really going to take off and I want to be a part of that."

Majerus told the Green Bay Press-Gazette recently that he wants Saint Louis University to hire Moser as the school's next head coach once he is finished coaching the Billikens.

"When I leave Saint Louis, they would be ill advised not to hire Porter," Majerus said. "I don't think we can get that done contractually right now, but I would think that'd be the way a lot of the significant players (at SLU) want to go, and it's the way I would want it to go."

The Green Bay job opened up after Tod Kowalczyk resigned after eight seasons to become the coach at Toledo. Angres Thorpe, who spent six years as an assistant coach at SLU before moving on to UWGB for two seasons, is leaving UWGB to follow Kowalczyk to Toledo.

The Billikens defeated Green Bay 68-62 in two overtimes in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational on March 22. The Phoenix finished the season with a 22-13 record.

A Naperville, Ill., native, Moser was a two-year starter at Creighton and graduated in 1990. He has been a head coach at two different Division I schools and compiled a 105-101 record in seven years.

He went 54-34 in three seasons at Arkansas-Little Rock and 51-67 in four years at Illinois State before he was fired in 2007. Moser was hired quickly after Rick Majerus became SLU's coach in 2007 and has been a key component in the Billikens' success in the three seasons since.

Moser was elevated to the position of associate head coach prior to the 2008-09 season.

"Porter is a former head coach at two programs and is a rising start on the college scene," Majerus is quoted as saying in the team's media guide. "He is highly regarded by everyone in the game because of his ability to teach the game and his relentless recruiting. As a result, I gave Porter more responsibility than is customary for an assistant coach."

Porter Moser (left), Paul Biancardi (center) and Angres Thorpe (right) were the assistant coaches for the first season under Rick Majerus at Saint Louis. Moser is the only remaining assistant. Biancardi left for a job with ESPN and Thorpe is now an assistant at Toledo. (Tim Nordmann photo)

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