Men's hoops: Howard Moore replaces Jeter

Former Badger captain returns to Wisconsin as assistant coach

Howard Moore is rejoining the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team as an assistant coach, a decade after he finished his four-season playing career with the Badgers. Moore, who was a captain at UW in his senior year, fills the vacancy created when former associate head coach Rob Jeter left the Badgers to take the head coaching job at UW-Milwaukee earlier this month.

"We're proud to announce the return of one of the most popular figures in Badger basketball, this time in the coaching ranks," UW head coach Bo Ryan said in a prepared statement. "I've been very impressed with Howard's work ethic and personality as he has worked his way through the profession."

Like Jeter, Moore is a former post player and native of Chicago with strong ties to that area who is considered an excellent recruiter.

Moore, 32, was an assistant coach at Loyola-Chicago last season and has also enjoyed assistant coaching jobs at Ball State, Bradley and the University of Chicago, a Division III institution. He began his coaching career as an assistant boys' varsity coach at Taft High School, Moore's prep alma mater.

Moore, who averaged 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 47 games at UW, was a fan favorite in his Badger playing days, which spanned the 1991-92 through '94-95 campaigns. A 6-foot-6 forward, he played alongside Badger great Michael Finley for those four seasons and standout point guard Tracy Webster for the first three. Moore was part of UW's 1993 NIT Tournament team and the 1994 NCAA Tournament squad, which was the first Badger team to reach the ‘Big Dance' in 47 years.

That was the beginning of a UW basketball renaissance that is still gathering momentum 11 years later. The Badgers made the Elite Eight this season, losing to eventual national champion North Carolina, and have now qualified for the NCAA Tournament seven consecutive seasons, reaching the Sweet Sixteen three times, the Elite Eight twice and the Final Four once.

"This is my dream job as an assistant coach," Moore said. "The program at Wisconsin has been moving in such a positive direction the past 10 years."

Said Ryan: "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."

Moore, who is believed to be the only candidate the Badgers interviewed for the job, has big shoes to fill in Madison: Jeter was Ryan's right-hand man through his first four seasons steering the Badgers. But Moore is fast building a reputation as a budding coach and recruiter in his own right. He is credited with bringing in the best recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference in his only season at Ball State (2003-04). And in his one year at Loyola-Chicago, Moore, who worked primarily with post players and handled off-campus recruiting, helped the Ramblers improve from 9-20 overall and 4-12 in the Horizon League in 2003-04 to 13-17 and 8-8 last season. The team won six of its last seven games before losing to UW-Milwaukee in the Horizon League tournament's semifinals.

After two years coaching at Taft, Moore spent one year as an administrative assistant at Bradley, in Peoria, Ill., then served as an assistant coach there from 2000-2003. At Bradley he worked with guards and post players and again took the lead on off-campus recruiting efforts. He is credited with helping Phillip Gilbert and James Gillingham develop into All-Missouri Valley Conference selections.

"I feel I have enhanced myself and paid my dues in coaching the past eight years," Moore said. "It's been a tremendous journey and now I am excited to join the staff at Wisconsin. I want to hit the ground running."

A 1990 graduate of Taft High School in Chicago, Moore was inducted into the Chicago Public League Hall of Fame in 1999. He redshirted in his first year at UW as the Badgers reached the NIT in 1991. Moore graduated from UW with a bachelor's degree in African-American studies in 1995. He was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin African-American Alumni Association Student Leadership Award in 1993.

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