Linked below is one of my favorite coaching articles I’ve read so far in 2018. When Porter Moser took over the Loyola program in 2011, he wanted to draw his players’ focus to the small details that made the difference between winning and losing. The result? Loyola’s “Wall of Culture” with over 100 of the most commonly uttered phrases in the Loyola basketball program (see below). The wall encompasses how Loyola Basketball is played. I personally think the wall is one of the coolest ways I’ve seen a coach try to instill his terminology in his program. Every culture – not speaking about a sports team when I say this – has their own language and Moser has come up with a unique way to promote their terminology. Linked below that article are several more on Loyola and Moser. Loyola currently goes into this weekend’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as the #1 seed after winning the league by 4 games.
“When I got the job and was writing down all these things I wanted to do philosophically, all these details from notes when I worked for Rick, I was like, ‘Let’s just put it up there so they see it every day and buy in,’ ’’ said Moser, 49. “This was a blank wall when I got here.’’ Now, Moser’s team wins big games by doing the little things. Now, every term triggers a memory.
For another example of a culture wall, take a look at what Luke Reilly does with his program at East Catholic (CT). Last night, East Catholic secured their third consecutive Central Connecticut Conference championship. Reilly, one of the best high school coaches in the country, has the Eagles sitting at 23-0 and the heavy favorite to win the state title.
For more on Moser:
-Moser has Loyola on cusp of NCAA tournament with lessons from Rick Majerus (LINK)
-On the road with Loyola basketball (LINK)
-Moser carries lessons from Majerus on Loyola’s NCAA tournament quest (LINK)