Friday, August 22, 2003
Valparaiso University Director of Athletics William Steinbrecher announced that Scott Drew has resigned as head men's basketball coach to become the head men's basketball coach at Baylor University. Steinbrecher also announced that Homer Drew, the all-time winningest coach in Valpo history (236-184), is returning as the Crusaders' head men's basketball coach. In coming out of retirement, Homer Drew will relinquish his duties as Special Assistant to the President for University Advancement, a position he held since resigning as men's basketball coach on April 25, 2002.
Scott Drew, at age 32, guided Valpo to a 20-11 record and the 2003 Mid-Continent Conference Regular Season Championship in his lone season as head coach. During the 2003 campaign, the Crusaders participated in the National Invitation Tournament and, during the season, defeated NCAA qualifier Central Michigan and Charlotte. Valpo flourished in the second half of the season, winning 15 of its last 19 games. The stretch included winning streaks of seven and six. The Crusaders were particularly strong on their homecourt, posting a 12-1 record at Athletics-Recreation Center.
In capturing the 2003 Mid-Con title, Drew led the Crusaders to a 12-2 record. Drew and his coaching staff gradually molded the 2002-03 Crusaders into a squad that, not only repeated as Mid-Con regular season champions, but did so earlier than any team in Valpo's Division I history. By defeating IUPUI 77-71 in the home finale on Feb. 22, the Crusaders were crowned league kingpins with two games remaining. The conference title was Valpo's eighth in the last nine years, the most of any school in the nation during that span. The Crusaders also reached the 20-win plateau for the ninth time in the last 10 years.
?It's been a matter of months since we announced Scott as our new coach and simultaneously today at Baylor they are announcing Scott as their new coach," Steinbrecher said. ?I have often introduced Scott to people as a super coach in progress. Apparently we aren't the only ones that felt that way. We are happy for him and wish him every success in this new challenge."
Drew served as an associate head coach/assistant under his father Homer for nine seasons (1993-02). Scott established a reputation as an outstanding recruiter. In particular, Scott was the driving force behind Valpo's international pipeline that has produced 11 players from Europe, Africa and South America since 1995.
In 2001, Drew was promoted to associate head coach following eight years as an assistant. In recognition of his recruiting success, he was named 1998-99 National Recruiter of the Year by Court Vision, a recruiting magazine. Scott and his fellow assistants helped produce what Hoop Scoop magazine called the nation's 6th best recruiting class in 2001 and 13th best in 1999 based upon average talent per recruit.
Scott was instrumental in Valpo's eight championship seasons, highlighted by the 1998 campaign when Valpo shocked the sports world by advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, Valpo advanced to its sixth NCAA Tournament after appearing in five straight from 1996-2000. Scott coached Homer Drew's 200th Valpo win (against Oakland on January 27, 2001) when Homer was ill.