Bryan Mullins has been promoted to associate head men’s basketball coach at Loyola University Chicago, head coach Porter Moser announced today. A native of Downers Grove, Illinois, Mullins just completed his fifth season on Moser’s staff and his third as an assistant coach.
“Bryan is a rising star and possesses all of the traits necessary to be a head coach,” Moser said. “Since joining our staff, Bryan has impacted our program in every way and has played an integral part in our success. He has played a key role in the development of our culture.”
Since coming to Rogers Park in 2013, Mullins has been part of the staff that has helped the Ramblers win the College Basketball Invitational title (2015), reach their first NCAA Final Four in 55 years (2018), develop their first NBA player (Milton Doyle) since 1987, and achieve a USA Today Coaches Poll ranking of No. 7 (2018).
Loyola’s 50 wins over the last two seasons are its most over a two-year period since posting 51 total victories during the 1962-63 and 1963-64 campaigns. Additionally, the Ramblers have captured 89 wins over the last four seasons, the most over a four-year span since 1961-64.
As a player at Southern Illinois, Mullins helped the Salukis to a pair of NCAA tournament berths, a NIT appearance, and two MVC championships. A two-time MVC Defensive Player of the Year honoree, he was a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America pick and in 2006-07, helped lead SIU to a 29-7 overall record and a Sweet 16 appearance.
“Bryan is a winner in every sense of the word and is all about doing things the right way,” Moser said. “From day one he has served as an outstanding role model for our student-athletes and I have no doubt he will be an excellent head coach in a very short period of time.”
Loyola finished an historic 2017-18 season with a school-record 32 wins and No. 7 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Ramblers, who reached the Final Four for the first time since 1963, return three starters from this year’s team, including Custer, guard Marques Townes and center Cameron Krutwig.