Weldon Drew

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Weldon Drew
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1935-04-22)April 22, 1935
Died November 22, 2012( 2012-11-22) (aged 77)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Alma mater Fisk University (1957)
Texas Southern University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957–1975 Kashmere HS
1975–1979 New Mexico State (asst.)
1979–1985 New Mexico State
1985–1987 Oklahoma State (asst.)
1987–1999 Langston
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2× Texas 4A state championship (1974, 1975)
High School national championship (1975)
Awards
MVC Coach of the Year (1983)

Weldon Drew (born April 22, 1935) was the head men's basketball coach at New Mexico State University from 1979 to 1985. He was named to the position in 1979 as the successor to Ken Hayes who left to become head coach at Oral Roberts University. Drew was previously an assistant coach for New Mexico State University from 1975 to 1979. Drew came to NMSU after coaching high school basketball for Houston's Kashmere High School (485-135 record in 18 seasons), where he left with a 78-game winning streak after winning two consecutive Texas 4A state championships and the high school national championship. Drew also won national coach of the year in 1975. The NMSU job was Drew's first head coaching position at the college level. Drew was the 20th person to hold the head coaching position in the Aggie basketball history. After a dismal 1984-85 season, Drew was fired. He then went to be an assistant coach at Oklahoma State for two seasons. In 1987 Drew became the head coach at traditionally-black Langston University in Oklahoma. Drew graduated from Fisk University in 1957 after a standout career playing basketball. Drew graduated from Wheatley High School in Houston, where he played basketball.

Drew is widely cited for one of his basketball-related quotes - "We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors."

Drew died after an automobile accident near Stillwater, Oklahoma on November 22, 2012.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
New Mexico State Aggies (Missouri Valley Conference) (1979–1983)
1979–80 New Mexico State 17–10 8–8 T–5th
1980–81 New Mexico State 10–17 7–9 T–6th
1981–82 New Mexico State 17–11 10–6 4th
1982–83 New Mexico State 18–11 11–7 T–3rd
New Mexico State Aggies (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1983–1985)
1983–84 New Mexico State 13–15 9–9 5th
1984–85 New Mexico State 7–20 4–14 9th
New Mexico State: 82–84 (.494) 49–53 (.480)
Total: 82–84 (.494)

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