8/22/16: Coach Bryce Drew, Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball
In April 2016, Bryce Drew became the ninth Commodore basketball coach of the modern era and 27th all time. Drew, a three-time Horizon League Coach of the Year and two-time NABC District 12 Coach of the Year, comes to the Commodores after a five-year stint at Valparaiso, where he averaged 25 wins a season, won four regular season championships, and made four postseason appearances, two in the NCAA Tournament and two in the NIT, with the Crusaders.
Drew also excelled internationally during his time on the court with the Crusaders, playing for the gold-medal winning Team USA at the World University Games in 1997. Following his collegiate career, Drew again made school history when the Houston Rockets drafted him with the 16th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, the first time a Crusader had been chosen in the first round.
His NBA career lasted six seasons with the Rockets, Chicago Bulls, and Charlotte and New Orleans Hornets.
Drew graduated from Valparaiso in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a minor in business. He and his wife Tara have one son, Bryson, age two.