Deal in place for Valparaiso graduate to take over at Nashville based school
SI.com reported on Monday that Valparaiso’s favorite son will be leaving the small Northwestern Indiana private school to become the new head coach at Vanderbilt University. Bryce Drew, 41, will replace Kevin Stallings and follow a bit in his brother Scott’s footsteps–after Scott coached Valpo for one year, he moved on to Baylor and has created quite a program of talent with several NCAA Tournament appearances along with being in two Elite Eights during his tenure.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported on Tuesday that the deal is worth six years.
Coming off the school’s NIT runner up finish last Thursday and making one of the most memorable tournament buzzer beaters way back in 1998 during the first round Midwest bracket against Mississippi in Oklahoma City, it seemed very logical that this move takes place. As a coach during his 5 years back at his alma mater, he reached the NCAA Tournament twice and claimed four Horizon League championships.
It basically came down to Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech, and Vandy won out since it is a private school in a Power 5 Conference in the SEC.
At least, the Commodores will have someone with true basketball pedigree in hoping to stay in step with the powers that are Kentucky and Florida.
Send your prayers to the other side of Tobacco Road
This note is too important not to ignore.
On Sunday, longtime Duke head coach Mike Kryzezewski underwent successful left knee surgery. He is undergoing rehab at the famed Duke University Medical Center. Hopefully, he will be back behind the bench one last time representing Team USA during the upcoming Rio Olympics come August.