About Coach Howard Moore


Howard Moore

Wisconsin alum Howard Moore rejoined the Wisconsin men’s basketball program in December of 2015 for his second stint as an assistant coach with the Badgers. The 2018-19 season will mark Moore’s ninth season on the Wisconsin bench and fourth under head coach Greg Gard..

An 19-year collegiate coaching veteran, Moore returned to his alma mater after spending the previous five seasons as head coach at Illinois-Chicago. Prior to his recent head coaching tenure with UIC, Moore served as an assistant at Wisconsin under retired head coach Bo Ryan from 2005-10.

Coaching Experience

  • Assistant Coach, Wisconsin (2016-present)
  • Head Coach, Illinois-Chicago (2010-2015)
  • Assistant Coach, Wisconsin (2005-2009)
  • Assistant Coach, Loyola-Chicago (2004-05)
  • Assistant Coach, Ball State (2003-04)
  • Assistant Coach, Bradley (2000-03)
  • Admin. Assistant, Bradley (1999-00)
  • Assistant Coach, Univ. of Chicago (1998-99)
  • Assistant Coach, Taft High School (1996-98)

“Given the timing and the situation, bringing in Howard is a home
run for our program and players,” Gard said. “To have the ability to
bring in someone with his experience and knowledge of the way
we do things is a perfect fit and win-win. He was a part of our
championship team in 2008 and he has a passion for UW that is
unparalleled. He loved his experience here and has a deep
affection for this place and its people. We’re extremely fortunate to
have someone like Howard available and eager to join our staff.”

“I’m extremely excited to get back to Madison. I’ve had a chance to
get a breather and the best way to get re-energized is to go home
again,” Moore said. “I love my alma mater and I have a great
passion for the University of Wisconsin. I want to make sure the
things that were put in place by this staff and Coach Ryan stay
intact. Greg Gard is very good friend who I support and if there is
anything I can do to help him, I want to do that.”

Since joining Gard’s staff midway through the 2015-16 season,
Moore has helped the Badgers to back-to-back Sweet 16s and an
overall record of 57-36. In eight total seasons with Moore on the
UW bench, the Badgers made seven trips to the NCAA
tournament, highlighted by the 2007-08 campaign, during which
UW won a then-school-record 31 games, the Big Ten Conference
regular season and tournament titles, and advanced to the Sweet
16 of the NCAA tournament. During his time with the Badgers,
Moore has helped coach six All-Big Ten players, including Frank
Kaminsky, who developed into a consensus national player of the
year award winner.

Moore served as head coach at UIC from 2010-15, where he
established a blue-collar Chicago style of play with gritty defense
that was evident to its loyal fan base. Things came together in the
2012-13 season, as the Flames won 18 games for the first time in
six years and posted the nation’s 12th-largest turnaround from the
previous season. UIC also secured its first-ever postseason win in
the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Flames
led the Horizon League in defensive field goal percentage that
year, stifling opponents to just 62.8 points per game, the lowest
mark in school history. Moore was named a finalist for the Ben
Jobe Award, an accolade given to the nation’s top collegiate coach.

Prior to his time at UIC and Wisconsin, Moore had stints as an
assistant coach at Loyola (2004-05), Ball State (2003-04), Bradley
University (2000-03) and the University of Chicago (1998-99).
A graduate and former player at Wisconsin, Moore played in 47
games for the Badgers from 1990-95, including 21 appearances as
a senior. He played for coaches Steve Yoder, Stu Jackson and
Stan Van Gundy, and helped the Badgers earn back-to-back NIT
berths in 1991 and 1992. In 1994, Moore teamed with Michael
Finley, Rashard Griffith, Tracy Webster, Andy Kilbride and Brian
Kelley to help Wisconsin end a 47-year drought and return to the
NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1947.

A recipient of the University of Wisconsin African-American Alumni
Association Student Leadership Award in 1993, Moore graduated
from Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in African-American
Studies in 1995. A native of Chicago, Ill., Moore and his wife,
Jennifer, have two children, Jerell and Jaidyn.