This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. (August 2009) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|College||Fergus Falls Community College (1984)|
UW–La Crosse (1987)
|1987–1989||North Carolina State (assistant)|
|2002–2003||Golden State Warriors (scout)|
|2003–2004||Great Lakes Storm (CBA)|
|2004–2005||Jilin Northeast Tigers (China)|
|2006–2007||Sacramento Kings (scout)|
|2007–2008||Orlando Magic (scout)|
|2008–2009||Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)|
|2014–2019||Los Angeles Lakers (Director of Basketball Strategy)|
|2019–Present||Arkansas Razorbacks (Assistant)|
Clay Moser is most recently the assistant coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Previously, he held positions with the professional teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, the Sacramento Kings, the Golden State Warriors, the Orlando Magic, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New Orleans Hornets in Oklahoma City, OK, Post-Katrina. He used to be the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.
Chronological Career History
Moser's career started in 1984 with his coaching experience at his junior college in Minnesota, and has continued over multiple parallels and leagues, including basketball operations, coaching, scouting, management and ownership, both domestic and international, and most notably within the NBA, CBA, D-League, and NCAA.
Moser started his passionate basketball career in college, coaching at Fergus Falls Community College as the Head Assistant Coach between 1983-1987, where he helped lead the team to three Northwest Division Championships in three years with one player eventually playing professionally. He helped the team to two notable milestones, the school's first championship in 1984 with the Minnesota State Conference, and the school's first National Tourney Appearance at the 1984 NJCCA Region XIII Championships. He graduated from the UW-LaCrosse with a BS in Physical Education with a Sport Management Emphasis which led him to working under Jim Valvano at NC State.
Upon graduating, Moser headed East where he worked for Valvano at North Carolina State University as an Assistant Coach from August 1987-August 1989. During this time, he worked as a Recruiting Coordinator, during four signing periods, where he signed twelve players, including Derrick Chandler, Bryant Feggins, Tom Gugliotta, Mickey Hinnant, Pancho Hodges, Jamie Knox, David Lee[disambiguation needed], Gary Madison, Donnie Seale, Kevin Thompson, Byron Tucker, and Craig Tyson. Through Moser's time with this team, they achieved two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, a 1989 Sweet 16 Appearance, and were Champions in the 1989 Atlantic Coast Conference. 7 of the 12 players he recruited played in the NBA, and two others played in other pro leagues, respectively. Moser assisted in all aspects of Basketball Operations, including game/practice preparation, academic monitoring, player development, recruiting, on floor practice. This lead to him operating The Jim Valvano Basketball School, which was an extremely profitable venture.
The Rise & Fall of the CBA
In August of 1989, Moser accepted a position with the Sioux Falls Sky Force in South Dakota within the former Continental Basketball Association (CBA) as an Assistant Coach and Assistant Director of Basketball Operations. Between 1990-91, the Sky Force jumped to the 4th most improved team in the CBA with 23% more wins, and led the CBA in scoring with 117.3 ppg. Moser was promoted within the franchise to General Manager in 1992, and Vice President in 1993. During this time, he participated in the Great Midstates Recruiting Review as the Creator, Owner, and Founder from 1993-1996 in Sioux Falls, SD.
He spent his summers of '90 and '91 as the Head Coach for the Southern California Summer Pro League in Los Angeles, CA which held an overall record of 13-7 with 1-3 Playoffs where each team made playoffs. Here, he coached many free agents in the NBA division, including Danny Manning, Robert Pack, David Wingate, Chris Corchiani, Byron Scott, and Pat Cummings. They advanced to the Free Agent Finals in 1990. He was named to Coach Free Agent All-Stars for the years 1990 and 2004.
In July of 1994, Moser moved his young family to St. Louis, Missouri where he accepted the position with the CBA as Vice President of Basketball Operations. He received a promotion in October 1996 to Senior Vice President, and eventually left for the position of CEO, President, General Manager and eventual Part Owner of the Idaho Stampede in Boise, ID in April of 1997. While in this position, he advanced within the CBA to Western Regional Vice President of the league in May of 2000. December 2000, he joined, for the second time in his career, the USA Basketball Board of Directors in Colorado Springs, CO for two years.
Moser ended his relationship with the Stampede during the CBA shutdown in February of 2001, a result of league bankruptcy due to the controversial management of Isaiah Thomas, where Thomas forfeited the CBA as the primary player development league . In response, the NBA created their own developmental league, which played its first game the following season in November of 2001.
This is where Moser's career took an incredible turn, that although challenging and unpredictable, is responsible for fueling the diversity in his career that has led him to his current path of success.
He accepted a position with Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, OR as the men's basketball head coach and PE Instructor from 2001-2002. With his help, he increased wins by 30% from the previous season, 14-16 record overall. For the first and only time in the school's history (1-40), TVCC beat Utah Valley State, set the school record for largest margin of victory (70) on 12/2/01 (117-47), and defeated Rick's College at Rick's for the first and only time in school history. Additionally, he moved the team into a positive scoring margin for the season, an improvement from a negative margin (increase of over 7 PPG), and increased scoring by 12.5% (80.5 from 70.4), topping the century mark 6 times. Moser recruited and signed 11 players from April to August to fill the roster, with only three scholarships to give. TVCC played in the NJCAA DI division, and in Region XVIII, eventually producing a national champion and three NBA players.
Transition To NBA
Moser worked as an Advanced Scout for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, CA under Eric Musselman for the 2002-2003 season where the team was most improved in the NBA, and Coach Musselman was runner-up coach-of-the-year. Moser's work included X's and O's, statistical analysis, and personal analysis of upcoming opponents for coaching staff. This was the beginning of the professional friendship between Moser and Musselman for future years to come.
Between 2003-2004, Moser heads back to the CBA to accept a position as Head Coach and President for the Great Lakes Storm in Birch Run, MI. During this time, he recorded at least one win over each team in the league. He signed free agents Anthony Bonner and Stais Boseman, future all-stars, and Jimmy King and Shelton Jones, two CBA MVP's. During this difficult time in CBA history, with over half of the teams in bankruptcy, Moser increased this franchise revenue by nearly 500%.
Clay has sat on numerous boards and committees, participated in multiple camps, speaking engagements, and scouting events, as well as consulted in business as well as TV/Film work.
A savvy businessman, Moser is also invested in many personal business endeavors within, and outside of basketball. He has held his position as Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Southern California Summer Pro League in Long Beach, CA since May of 2002. He has successfully been involved in the business end of many teams.
On May 7th, 2019, Moser returned to his home state to deliver an inspirational speech about the NBA dream.
Moser was born November 10th, 1962 in Dorchester, Nebraska; the first boy to Bill and Melva Moser, and the fourth of six children. He met his first wife in Sioux Falls while he worked for the Sky Force. They had their first and only child together there in 1992. After their divorce, Moser remarried to his current wife in 2006 which resulted in two more children born in 2007 and 2009. His first grandchild was born in 2018.
Home is always where the team is, but Moser and his wife both hail from Minnesota where their permanent residence is.
Moser graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management. Moser also attended Fergus Falls Community College from 1981-1984 where he received an Associate of Arts in General Studies and began his coaching career.
Most recently, he received a Non-Accredited Doctorate in NBA Basketball as an Advanced Scout.