Loyola adds more Chicago ties to staff

Newly named Loyola coach Porter Moser added his third assistant coach to the Ramblers staff with the hiring of Armon Gates on Monday.

Gates, who played at Hillcrest High School, was previously an assistant at TCU and Kent State.

"Without question, Armon is one of the fast-rising stars in the coaching profession," Moser said in a statement. "Being from Chicago and having had success recruiting to Kent State, he adds a component of our philosophy that we have earmarked as a priority, that being to recruit the Chicago area."

Gates is Moser's second assistant with Chicago ties. Rodell Davis, who also was recently hired, played at Thornton High School and coached at Proviso East and Thornwood before becoming an assistant coach at Drake and Providence. Davis was the head coach at Laramie Community College in Wyoming.

Michael Lewis, who played for Bobby Knight at Indiana, also was named one of the Moser's assistant recently. Lewis spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois.