|Born||September 29, 1944|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1971–1972||Washington State (assistant)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|2011–2015||Valparaiso (associate AD)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|8 Mid-Con regular season (1995–2000, 2002, 2004)|
8 Mid-Con Tournament (1995–1999, 2001, 2002, 2004)
|4× Mid-Con Coach of the Year (1994–1996, 2002)|
Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award (2012)
Homer Walter Drew Jr. (born September 29, 1944) is an American former college basketball coach and administrator who coached at Washington State, LSU, Bethel College, Indiana-South Bend, and Valparaiso who retired from college basketball in 2011 with 640 career wins, which ranked him sixth amongst all Division I coaches at the time of his retirement.
Drew made 10 National Tournament appearances and seven NCAA Tournament appearances in his career.
Drew put Valparaiso and its men's basketball program on the map over the course of his 22 years at the helm of the Crusaders with his “Building a Tradition” philosophy, which reached new heights in 1998 as Valparaiso advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. He amassed 371 coaching victories with the Crusaders, eight conference regular-season titles, eight conference tournament titles, nine postseason appearances, three postseason victories, faced the number one team in the nation in six of his last seven years as head coach, while also sending 32 players to the pros and 80 players into teaching or coaching.
Drew's sons, Scott Drew and Bryce Drew, are both coaches at the Division I level. Scott is the coach of the Baylor University men's basketball team, where he has served as head coach since 2003, while Bryce is the head coach at Vanderbilt University, where he has served since 2016. Both Scott and Bryce were also head coaches at Valparaiso, with Scott leading the Crusader program in 2002–03 and Bryce from 2011 to 2016.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he achieved his Bachelor of Arts in physical education and social studies at William Jewell College in 1966 before completing his Master of Arts in education at Washington University in St. Louis in 1968. Drew then earned a Doctorate in educational administration from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan in 1983.
In 1988, Drew moved to Valparaiso University. Valpo was a model of consistency under Drew, winning both the Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles five straight seasons from 1994 to 1999, and again in the 2001–02 season. In 1999–2000, he led the Crusaders to their sixth consecutive conference tournament title, and in 2000–01 to another regular season title. This continuous success helped Drew achieve conference Coach of the Year honors three consecutive seasons, from 1993 to 1996.
Drew led the Crusaders to five consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 1995 to 2000—the Crusaders' first postseason appearances as a Division I team. The pinnacle of Drew's coaching career came during the 1998 NCAA Tournament. In the Midwest Region, 13-seed Valparaiso was facing 4-seed Ole Miss in the first round. Valparaiso was down 69-67 with 4.1 seconds remaining in the game, and Mississippi's Ansu Sesay at the free throw line. After he missed both shots, the Crusaders came up with possession—94 feet from their basket, and with only 2.5 seconds remaining in the game. On the inbound, Drew called the play known as Pacer. Jamie Sykes inbounded a long throw to Bill Jenkins, who drew two defenders and quickly passed the ball to Drew's son, Bryce Drew. Then, as time expired, Bryce released a 23-foot three-point shot, clinching the Crusaders' 70–69 upset and advancing them in the tournament. The Crusaders proceeded to defeat 12-seeded Florida State University 83–77 in overtime. However, the Crusaders finally fell to 8-seeded University of Rhode Island by a score of 74–68—the deepest run a Mid-Continent/Summit League team made in the NCAA Tournament since Cleveland State's run in 1986.
After coaching for another four seasons, Drew retired at the end of the 2001–02 season and took a post as Special Assistant to the President for University Advancement. As of February 21, 2002, Drew had become one of only 19 active Division I coaches to earn his 500th career victory and mounted a 26-season career record of 505–306, a winning percentage of 62.3. This made him the winningest coach in Valpo history, with a 236–184 record there. Drew is nominated to become one of Valparaiso University's 150 Most Influential Persons in the university's history.
For the 2002–03 season, Drew's son Scott took the head coach position, but then left after one year to become the head coach at Baylor. Homer Drew was rehired as head coach for Valparaiso's men's basketball team in August 2003, and led the Crusaders back to the NCAA tournament in 2004.
On May 17, 2011, Homer Drew stepped down as the head basketball coach and was succeeded by his son Bryce Drew. Having earned 640 career coaching wins (including 371 at Valparaiso), Drew remained with Valparaiso as associate athletic director. On October 12, 2011, in a shocking announcement before the 2011-12 collegiate season, Homer Drew announced that he and his wife were both diagnosed with cancer. His son Bryce Drew wore a light blue blazer the color symbolizing the fight against prostate cancer in his first regular season game versus the Arizona Wildcats to honor his father and the team publicly dedicated their season to their former coach and his wife.
Head coaching record
|Bethel Pilots (1976–1987)|
|Indiana–South Bend Titans (1987–1988)|
|Valparaiso Crusaders (Mid-Continent Conference) (1988–2002)|
|1995–96||Valparaiso||22–10||13–5||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1996–97||Valparaiso||24–7||13–3||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1997–98||Valparaiso||23–10||13–3||1st||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|1998–99||Valparaiso||23–10||10–4||T–1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1999–00||Valparaiso||19–13||10–6||T–2nd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2001–02||Valparaiso||25–8||12–2||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Valparaiso Crusaders (Mid–Continent Conference) (2003–2007)|
|2003–04||Valparaiso||18–13||11–5||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Valparaiso Crusaders (Horizon League) (2007–2011)|
|2007–08||Valparaiso||22–14||9–9||T–4th||CBI Second Round|
|2010–11||Valparaiso||23–12||12–6||4th||CIT First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Homer Drew hands VU coaching reins to son Bryce | College Basketball". Nwitimes.com. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
- "Homer Drew". Valparaiso Athletics. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Former Valpo coach, wife diagnosed with cancer". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2017-01-21.