The Drew Family
The Drew family has been one of the most influential families in the history of Valparaiso University, the athletic department, and the men’s basketball program.
Dr. Homer Drew, a 2012 Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, guided the Crusaders for 22 years before retiring in May 2011, ending his career with 371 victories and leading Valpo to nine postseason appearances, turning around a program that hadn’t experienced a winning season at the Division I level before his arrival. The Athletics-Recreation Center court is named in his honor.
Scott Drew spent nine years coaching under his father, Homer, as a member of the Valparaiso University coaching staff before ascending to the head coaching position for the Crusaders’ 2002-2003 season. Scott Drew led Valpo to 20 wins in his one season as head coach, as well as a berth in the NIT, before taking the head job at Baylor, where he remains today – his program has been ranked in the top 10 nationally.
Bryce Drew famously played four years for his father from 1994 to 1998 at Valpo, hitting “The Shot” as part of the run to the Sweet 16 in 1998. Following his professional playing career in the National Basketball Association and overseas, Bryce returned to Valpo as an assistant coach under Homer, spending six seasons on the coaching staff prior to being named head coach in May 2011. In his first season, the Crusaders won the Horizon League regular-season championship for the first time, and Bryce Drew was named conference Coach of the Year.
The Drews have not only succeeded on the court for Valparaiso University. They have helped to develop outstanding student-athletes, with a commitment to academic excellence, service, and citizenship. They have represented the University community in an outstanding manner, exemplifying the best that Valpo has to offer.