UConn elevates Moore to assistant coach

After one year as the assistant director of basketball operations, Ricky Moore has been elevated to assistant coach, UConn announced Tuesday.

Ryan Boatright, Ricky Moore, Kevin Freeman (AP)

Ryan Boatright, Ricky Moore, Kevin Freeman (AP)

Moore joins assistant coach Karl Hobbs and associate head coach Glen Miller on Kevin Ollie’s staff. George Blaney, an assistant this past season, will remain with the program as a special assistant/advisor to Ollie.

Prior to joining the UConn staff in 2012, Moore served as an assistant coach at Dartmouth. A lockdown perimeter defender on UConn’s 1999 national championship squad, Moore will be involved in games, practices and recruiting.

“I’m really excited to add Ricky to our coaching staff,” Ollie said. “When Ricky was here as a player, he epitomized what UConn stands for and I know he will do the same thing as a coach.”

Following his college career, Moore played 11 seasons professionally, enjoying stints in Austria, Ukraine, Sweden, Turkey, Germany, the CBA and NBDL.

“I have a lot of faith in Ricky as a recruiter and a coach,” Ollie said. “He’s had experience on the road and I know the kind of strength and enthusiasm he has for the game and our program. I’ve already seen it in the role he had with us last year. Going into this new era of UConn basketball, I’m looking forward to having him on the road recruiting and using his coaching style to help us on and off the court.”

Moore hails from Augusta, Ga., the hometown of Ahmed Hill, one of UConn’s top 2014 targets. Hill, a bouncy 6-foot-4 guard, is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 26 prospect in the class.