Loyola officially named Drew Valentine its new men’s basketball coach Monday night, replacing Porter Moser, who left last week for Oklahoma.
Valentine, 29, was a four-year assistant under Moser and is believed to be the youngest head coach in Division I men’s basketball.
“It is an absolute honor to be named head men’s basketball coach at Loyola University Chicago,” Valentine said in a statement. “I’d like to congratulate one of the biggest mentors and role models in my life, Coach Moser, on his new opportunity at the University of Oklahoma. The impact that he has made on this entire university will not be forgotten.
“We will continue to do things the right way, with character and passion! The vision and standard that Coach Moser established will forever remain a part of the culture.”
Valentine joined Moser’s staff for the 2017-18 season, helping guide the 11th-seeded Ramblers to their first Final Four appearance since 1963. This season, as a No. 8 seed, Loyola knocked off top-seeded Illinois in the second round before falling to Oregon State in the Sweet 16.