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Scott Drew Resigns As Valpo's Head Basketball Coach; Accepts Head Coaching Position At Baylor

Friday, August 22, 2003

Valparaiso University Director of Athletics William Steinbrecher announced that Scott Drew has resigned as head men's basketball coach to become the head men's basketball coach at Baylor University. Steinbrecher also announced that Homer Drew, the all-time winningest coach in Valpo history (236-184), is returning as the Crusaders' head men's basketball coach. In coming out of retirement, Homer Drew will relinquish his duties as Special Assistant to the President for University Advancement, a position he held since resigning as men's basketball coach on April 25, 2002.

Scott Drew, at age 32, guided Valpo to a 20-11 record and the 2003 Mid-Continent Conference Regular Season Championship in his lone season as head coach. During the 2003 campaign, the Crusaders participated in the National Invitation Tournament and, during the season, defeated NCAA qualifier Central Michigan and Charlotte. Valpo flourished in the second half of the season, winning 15 of its last 19 games. The stretch included winning streaks of seven and six. The Crusaders were particularly strong on their homecourt, posting a 12-1 record at Athletics-Recreation Center.

In capturing the 2003 Mid-Con title, Drew led the Crusaders to a 12-2 record. Drew and his coaching staff gradually molded the 2002-03 Crusaders into a squad that, not only repeated as Mid-Con regular season champions, but did so earlier than any team in Valpo's Division I history. By defeating IUPUI 77-71 in the home finale on Feb. 22, the Crusaders were crowned league kingpins with two games remaining. The conference title was Valpo's eighth in the last nine years, the most of any school in the nation during that span. The Crusaders also reached the 20-win plateau for the ninth time in the last 10 years.

?It's been a matter of months since we announced Scott as our new coach and simultaneously today at Baylor they are announcing Scott as their new coach," Steinbrecher said. ?I have often introduced Scott to people as a super coach in progress. Apparently we aren't the only ones that felt that way. We are happy for him and wish him every success in this new challenge."

Drew served as an associate head coach/assistant under his father Homer for nine seasons (1993-02). Scott established a reputation as an outstanding recruiter. In particular, Scott was the driving force behind Valpo's international pipeline that has produced 11 players from Europe, Africa and South America since 1995.

In 2001, Drew was promoted to associate head coach following eight years as an assistant. In recognition of his recruiting success, he was named 1998-99 National Recruiter of the Year by Court Vision, a recruiting magazine. Scott and his fellow assistants helped produce what Hoop Scoop magazine called the nation's 6th best recruiting class in 2001 and 13th best in 1999 based upon average talent per recruit.

Scott was instrumental in Valpo's eight championship seasons, highlighted by the 1998 campaign when Valpo shocked the sports world by advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, Valpo advanced to its sixth NCAA Tournament after appearing in five straight from 1996-2000. Scott coached Homer Drew's 200th Valpo win (against Oakland on January 27, 2001) when Homer was ill.
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Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 27
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Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
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May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
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