Longtime coach Homer Drew will remain with university as associate athletic director

2011-05-17T22:00:00Z Longtime coach Homer Drew will remain with university as associate athletic directorBy Paul Oren Times Correspondent
May 17, 2011 10:00 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Homer Drew fought back tears as he wrapped up his final news conference as the Valparaiso men's basketball coach.

The longtime coach announced his retirement Tuesday morning, giving way to son, Bryce Drew, who was named the 21st head coach in school history.

Homer Drew will remain with the university as associate athletic director in addition to pursuing broadcasting opportunities with ESPN and CBS.

"It's been my honor to be your coach for the last 22 years," Homer Drew said as he stepped away from the podium for the final time.

Tuesday's news conference was held in the Harre Union on Valparaiso's campus, and the ballroom was filled with family and friends as Homer Drew retired for the second time in nine years. In 2002, the architect behind seven NCAA tournament appearances stepped away for son, Scott Drew. Homer Drew returned after one season after Scott was hired at Baylor.

The announcement on Tuesday held more closure than the same announcement nine years ago.

"This is my second time retiring, so I should be much better at it," Homer Drew said. "This is bittersweet. I'll miss our players, but I'm excited for the challenge of the future."

That challenge includes helping the university raise money for the athletics department in general, as well as a new basketball area, a cause that could be bolstered if Homer Drew becomes a national television analyst.

"I like to be on the scene and I want to stay around the game of basketball," Homer Drew said. "I felt that this was the right time and I'm excited for the new horizons."

Homer Drew joked that with seven grandchildren; he only needed three more to be able to coach a five-on-five game. Much of Drew's family returned for the announcement, including daughter, Dana, and her husband (professional basketball player) Casey Shaw, as well as Baylor head coach Scott Drew.

Homer Drew ended his time behind the podium thanking family, friends and the community for all the support that he has received over the last 22 years. He also shot down the notion of embarking on any type of farewell tour, similar to that of former Purdue coach Gene Keady.

"Basketball takes five guys playing together," Homer Drew said. "One person doesn't create a successful basketball team."

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