by Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune
Joe Crisman was on vacation in August of 2016 in Denver, when Loyola coach Porter Moser called.
“Do you want to be our director of basketball operations?” he asked.
Crisman, a 2011 Munster graduate who played for Moser at Loyola from 2011-15, lost his breath. That was an offer he wasn’t expecting.
It was an unusual move. Moser knew Crisman was applying for medical school, and that it was a one-year deal.
For most people, director of basketball operations is an entry-level position into a coveted and competitive field. It’s a coaching apprenticeship that could lead to a career that takes a thousand turns.
Moser was in a bind. His director of basketball operations left for Missouri unexpectedly and Moser wasn’t interested in shopping around.
It was about the right fit. He knew Crisman, who was a floor coach his last season, could figure out the details quickly.
Crisman ditched his plan to coach the Munster freshman team and jumped in with Moser for one more glorious season of basketball.
The hours were insane and the work — taking care of travel arrangements, breaking down film and serving as an unofficial academic adviser — wasn’t sexy.
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