Howard Moore is rejoining the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coaching staff.
Moore will fill the spot that opened when Bo Ryan abruptly retired last week, which moved associate head coach Greg Gard into the role of interim coach.
“Given the timing and the situation, bringing in Howard is a home run for our program and players,” Gard said in a statement Tuesday morning.
“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.”
Veteran Sporting News columnist Michael DeCourcy first broke the news on his Twitter account Tuesday morning.
“I’m extremely excited to get back to Madison,” Moore said in a statement. “I’ve had a chance to get a breather and the best way to get re-energized is to go home again. I love my alma mater and I have a great passion for the University of Wisconsin.
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“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.”
Earlier Tuesday morning, Moore tweeted: “God has things planned for you that can surprise you, just live in faith and watch him work wonders! God is amazing! #StayTuned.”
Moore played for the Badgers from 1991 to ’95, averaging 2.1 points in 47 career games. He served as an assistant for five seasons on a staff that included Gard and Gary Close.
Moore left UW following the 2009-10 season after being hired at Illinois-Chicago. He went 49-111 in five seasons with the Flames before being fired and had settled into a role as an analyst on the Big Ten Network.
Moore was in the studio last Tuesday night when Ryan broke the news of his immediate retirement during a news conference following UW’s 64-49 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
“It was a shock,” Moore said last week. “It was my introduction to my world of media.”