Porter Moser—the new head coach of Oklahoma men’s basketball team and one of the most inspiring and driven basketball coaches today—offers a practical and motivating guide to help build character, transform failure into success, find purpose, and live an authentic life through energy and positivity.
Porter Moser knows what it’s like to live and work with determination, passion, and grit. He also knows what it’s like to keep front-and-center the core values of faith, family, honesty, and integrity. Whether it’s recruiting, hiring, running drills, or just living day-to-day Moser walks the walk and talks the talk. Not that it’s always easy, but in All In he shows us that with enough practice it sure can look that way.
Drawn from Moser’s life as a son, husband, father, and winning coach, this collection of inspiring, poignant and rousing lessons drives home the importance of being “all in”—meaning, fully dedicated to a task at hand. Revealing his ups and downs as both a college player and later as a coach, All In shows how Moser built his all-positive, no-negativity work ethic; how a second chance from legendary coach Rick Majerus helped Moser achieve new levels of success; and how, in 2018, he guided the No. 11 seed Ramblers through one of the most inspiring Cinderella stories in college sports history.
With a moving foreword from Sr. Jean, the lively and wise 100-year-old chaplain of the Loyola Ramblers—All In offers sage advice for athletes, coaches, recruiters, sports fans, and anyone looking to develop the skills to lead on the court or in life.
“Porter's book is a MUST READ! I remember calling his very first game as a college head coach and being extremely impressed by how hard his kids played and how fundamentally sound they were defensively. This book is a metaphor for living a life of passion and energy. If you want to live your best life, you have to read All In by Porter Moser!” – David Kaplan – NBC Sports Chicago host/college basketball analyst
“All In is a great look inside the mind of one of the best coaches in the country. Dedication to family, faith and basketball are values that I will carry with me for the rest of my life because I played for Coach Moser. This book represents how Coach instills those values in every aspect of his life, as well as into the young men he coaches.” – Joe Crisman, former men's basketball player, Loyola University Chicago
“As a former player under Coach Moser, this book precisely describes the lessons and stories that he uses to help his players develop both on and off the court. Many of the lessons that can be found in this book are identical to what he said to us on the practice floor, in the film room, or in his office over my four years in the program. Coach Moser is an amazing leader and this book will help you live a life guided by faith, energy and passion.” – Clayton Custer, starting guard on back-to-back Loyola postseason teams
“Porter is a man of faith, of true character, a man whose experiences have been distilled into the kind of wisdom young people need from adults today. "All In” tells the story of what college athletics can and should be about. We need models of integrity in nearly every walk of life today, and this personal account of a career in education and sports could not come at a more critical time. Thank you, Porter.” – Michael Garanzini, SJ, former president of Loyola University Chicago
2021 Illumination Book Awards, Silver Medal: Biography/Memoir-Inspirational
2021 PubWest Book Design Awards, Bronze Medal: Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Ratings & Reviews
Coach's story not just about basketball but about faith, love, God
by Catholic News Service
Given how Moser has lived and how he encourages others to live, it is fitting that his list of acknowledgments begins: "First and foremost, I'd like to thank God for the many blessings he has given to me in life, starting with my faith. The strength he has provided me has allowed me to persevere and thrive in my journey. All glory goes to him." <p>Is this book for you? Coaches at various levels will find it useful, as will parents whose children are involved in sports, as well as the children themselves. Those seeking a good dose of Catholic affirmation and inspiration will not be disappointed. Why? <p>One need only consider the words of the team's chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who became a national celebrity in her own right during the Ramblers' 2018 finish. She writes in the introduction: "This is easy reading, but it's deep. Porter writes it that way because it comes from his heart." <p>A lot of heart.