April 18, 2011
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago head coach Porter Moser announced today the addition of Chicago native Armon Gates to his staff as an assistant coach. Gates, who prepped at Hillcrest High School, spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Texas Christian University.
"Without question, Armon is one of the fast-rising stars in the coaching profession," Moser said "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. He was a great player at Kent State and will bring to our program a lot of energy and experience in developing our student-athletes. Everyone on our staff has played or coached in the NCAA Tournament, so we are aware of the hard work, dedication and sacrifice it takes to attain that goal."
Last season at TCU, Gates aided in the development of the Horned Frogs' guards, most notably junior Hank Thorns, who was a Third Team All-Mountain West Conference selection. Thorns finished the 2010-11 campaign as the only individual ranked among the top 12 in the nation in both assists per game and assist-turnover ratio. His 225 assists ranked No. 2 in MWC single-season history and he ranked third on the team with 10.7 points per game.
Prior to his brief stay at TCU, Gates spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Kent State University, helping the Golden Flashes to the 2009-10 Mid-American Conference regular-season title. In his final year at Kent State, Gates was part of a staff that guided the Golden Flashes to the second round of the NIT.
Gates began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Western Kentucky University under current South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn. In his lone season on the Hilltoppers' staff, the team recorded a 29-7 overall record and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
During his playing days at Kent State, Gates helped the Golden Flashes to a composite record of 88-42 and three postseason appearances. Kent State recorded four straight 20-win seasons during his time on campus and he closed out his career tied for second on the school's all-time three-point field goals made chart.
Gates graduated from Kent State in 2006 and earned his master's degree from the same institution in 2007.