Valparaiso picks Homer Drew to succeed son

Updated: August 22, 2003, 8:21 PM ET

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Homer Drew is returning to Valparaiso, succeeding his son as men's basketball coach.

Drew retired 18 months ago as the school's career leader in victories, turning the position over to his son, Scott, who was introduced as the coach at Baylor on Friday.

Valparaiso wasted no time in bringing the elder Drew out of retirement.

"I really enjoy working with young people and helping them achieve their goals: graduating, making the NCAA tournament, reaching the professional ranks," he said. Scott Drew went 20-11, won the Mid-Continent Conference regular-season title and led the Crusaders to a NIT appearance in his only season as head coach. He spent nine seasons as an assistant to his father.

"I have often introduced Scott to people as a super coach in progress," athletic director William Steinbrecher said. "Apparently, we aren't the only ones who felt that way."

Homer Drew led Valparaiso to six NCAA tournament appearances, including five straight from 1996 to 2000. He retired after setting a school record for victories after going 25-8 in 2001-02.

In 14 seasons, Drew posted a 236-185 record at Valparaiso and led the school to the NCAA's round of 16 in 1998.

Drew's other son, Bryce, an NBA player, hit a leaning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Crusaders a 70-69 victory over Mississippi for the school's first-ever NCAA tournament win in 1998.

Drew spent 12 seasons at Bethel College and Indiana University-South Bend before coming to Valparaiso for his first stint as coach. He has a career record of 505-307. Homer Drew also served as an assistant at Louisiana State and Washington State.

After retiring, he accepted a position at Valparaiso as special assistant to the president for university advancement.

Drew retired in April 2002, citing the excitement of the challenge his son faced and the desire to travel more with his wife, Janet, to see their other children: Bryce and Dana Shaw, who lives in Europe.

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