Bryce Drew was named head coach of the Valparaiso men’s basketball program in May of 2011 and enters his fourth season at the helm of the program in 2014-2015.
Drew reloaded the Valpo program entering the 2013-2014 campaign, as despite returning less than 25% of the scoring from the previous year’s squad, the Crusaders won 18 games and earned their fourth consecutive postseason berth – the program’s 13th in the last 19 years. Drew coached a First Team All-League and an All-District selection in Lavonte Dority, while a pair of members of the Crusaders’ talented freshman class earned Horizon League All-Freshman Team accolades.
Drew guided the Crusaders to their second straight Horizon League regular season title during the 2012-2013 season and also led Valpo to its first Horizon League Championship crown, returning the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. Along the way, Valpo won a school-record 26 games, including a record 16 victories at the ARC and a Division I-best 10 true road victories. Drew guided four players who earned postseason honors from the Horizon League, including a pair of All-District honorees in Ryan Broekhoff and Kevin Van Wijk.
Drew led Valpo to 22 victories in his rookie season at the helm of the program, including a 14-4 mark in Horizon League play to capture the league regular season title by two games. He also guided the Crusaders to the Postseason NIT. Drew was honored as the Horizon League Coach of the Year for his efforts on the bench, while he coached two First Team All-League selections in Van Wijk and Broekhoff, the latter of whom was named the league Player of the Year and an Honorable Mention All-American.
Drew, the most decorated player in Crusader men’s basketball history, spent the six seasons prior to his hiring as head coach as a member of the Valparaiso coaching staff, including the previous five years as associate head coach. Drew, who helped guide Valpo through their transition into a top-ten league in the Horizon League, became just the fourth new head coach of the Crusader men’s basketball program in the last 31 years.