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 – turning around a program that was at rock bottom before his arrival and formulating it into one of the most formidable in the Big 12, if not 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 two seasons, the Crusaders won a pair of Horizon League regular season titles, as well as the league tournament championship in 2012-13, and Bryce was named Horizon League Coach of the Year in March of 2012, following his first season.
The Drews have succeeded on the court for Valparaiso, guiding the basketball program to 439 victories over the last 25 seasons, as well as 11 postseason appearances. But more than that, off the court, 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.