Connecticut basketball coach Kevin Ollie has completed a shuffling of duties within his staff, resulting in the elevation of Ricky Moore to full-time assistant coach for the Huskies.
Moore, who was co-captain on UConn's first national championship team in 1998-99, joined the UConn staff in October 2012 and was assistant director of basketball administration during the 2012-13 season.
George Blaney, who just completed his 12th season at UConn and was associate head coach much of that time under Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, will stay on the staff as special assistant/advisor to Ollie. But this move had been anticipated for a while because it enables Moore to coach during practice and games but more importantly gives him complete recruiting status.
"I'm really excited to add Ricky to our coaching staff," Ollie said in a statement issued by UConn. "When Ricky was here as a player, he epitomized what UConn stands for and I know he will do the same thing as a coach."
UConn said the remainder of Ollie's staff remains intact, with Glen Miller as associate head coach, Karl Hobbs as assistant coach, Kevin Freeman as director of basketball administration, and David Sevush as graduate assistant.
After UConn's season-ending victory over Providence on March 9, Blaney was asked if he might retire or take a less demanding role on the staff. At that time, he said his status was the same as always.
"Like I always say, I'm day-to-day," Blaney said.
Moore, who graduated from UConn in 1999 with a degree in community program development, had been an assistant coach at Dartmouth for two seasons before returning to Storrs.
"I'm really grateful for the opportunity to be an assistant coach on the UConn staff," said Moore, 37. "I know firsthand what a great experience it is to be a student-athlete at UConn and to be part of the UConn basketball family. I'm looking forward to working with our players and to bringing high-caliber people and players into the program as we move forward."
Before entering the coaching profession at Dartmouth, Moore played professionally for 11 years – including stops in Austria, Ukraine, Sweden, Turkey and Germany. He also made stops in the NBA Developmental League and the Continental Basketball Association.
"I have a lot of faith in Ricky as a recruiter and a coach," Ollie said. "He's had experience on the road and I know the kind of strength and enthusiasm he has for the game and our program. I've already seen it in the role he had with us last year. Going into this new era of UConn basketball, I'm looking forward to having him on the road recruiting and using his coaching style to help us on and off the court."